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Blue Apron loses more customers

Blue Apron Holdings lost 24 percent of its customers between June 2017 and June 2018, the company reported on Thursday. The number of customers was 9 percent lower than it was at the end of March. Blue Apron began losing customers when a new, automated facility failed to keep up with growth last year. Orders were sent late and incomplete, raising the company’s costs. Read more at The Wall Street Journal

 

Nestlé misled consumers about GMOs in its food products, lawsuit alleges

A federal class-action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, California, accuses Nestlé of including genetically modified organisms in products touted as not having GMO ingredients. The lawsuit also alleges that the Switzerland-based company uses a label that mimics the Non-GMO Project’s certification seal. Read more at CBS News

 

Marine recruit sickened by E. coli from mess hall meat battles brain damage

An Illinois resident who served at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, is suing food management company Sodexo after he contracted E. coli from the cafeteria and mess hall there. Vincent Grano was assigned in August 2017 to the San Diego base for recruit training. He has been diagnosed with acute kidney failure and epilepsy; he suffers permanent brain and kidney damage. The Centers for Disease Control found that undercooked beef caused more than 240 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of E. coli; 30 people were hospitalized. Read more at Food Safety News

 

Americans are eating way more fat. But it’s not butter.

Americans have changed their diet considerably since 1970, in ways that are expected and others that are surprising, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has found. Of course, Americans are eating more; they are eating too many fats, sugars and grains; and they aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables. Avocados, limes and mangos are much more popular, while grapefruit, peaches and plums are less so. The USDA also discovered that we consume more fats but less sugar than we did when bellbottoms first rocked the fashion world. Read more at Vox.com

 

A few more bad apples: As the climate changes, fruit growing does, too

Increasingly, climate change is damaging crops. Even growing apples is becoming more difficult as temperatures continuously rise. If nights don’t cool down enough, apples don’t turn red; those with rusty brown spots are used for juice or applesauce. Farmers receive lower prices for the apples that aren’t sold in the stores. Read more at NPR

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