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Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top food and supplement headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

Aldi improves its game with major expansion of organics and fresh produce

More items — from marinated cilantro lime chicken breasts and ready-to-eat sliced mango, pineapple and watermelon spears to organic produce and chicken — will be on the shelves in remodeled stores in Minnesota in the next two weeks. Read more at the Star Tribune


USDA inspectors pressured to keep line speeds up under privatized inspection system

Food & Water Watch, an advocacy group, alerted the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week that the agency’s supervisors are pressuring inspectors to keep the lines at poultry-slaughter facilities open when they find problems. The chairman of the union says inspections have deteriorated, comparing the problem to Upton Sinclair’s 1906 muckraking work “The Jungle”. Read more at Food & Water Watch ...


The New York Times and the super-wicked problem of climate change

Nathaniel Rich’s epic work on climate change, published this month online and in The New York Times magazine, raises the question, could actions we failed to take in the 1980s have prevented the problems we now face? Or was the problem too big for humans to tackle? Read more at Grist ...


Walmart tests robots to speed online grocery pickup

Walmart is working with a Massachusetts automation company, Alert Innovation, to create a storage and retrieval system that the Alphabot robot can use to more quickly fill online orders. Read more at Supermarket News


Football recruit pleads with college coaches to see past his medical cannabis medication

A Georgia high school football player eagerly worked out to make the Auburn University football team, but his use of CBD to prevent epileptic seizures may have sidelined his career. C.J. Harris says the school informed him he couldn’t play for Auburn if he continued taking cannabidiol. The school refutes that, claiming that its medical officers did not clear Harris to play. Read more at The Washington Post

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