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5@5: Double-digit growth for organic farm certification | Top causes of foodborne illness

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.

Number of certified organic farms up 13%

Last year, the number of certified organic operations in the U.S. totaled 24,650—up 13 percent since 2015. That's the highest growth rate since 2008, according to new data from the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more at Feedstuffs...


Campylobacter and salmonella top foodborne illnesses in 2016

For the last 20 years, salmonella has been the top cause of foodborne illness in the U.S. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that campylobacter, which can contaminate unpasteurized dairy products, chicken, water and produce, has taken over the top spot. However, there were no significant changes in rates for most kinds of food poisoning from the last three years. Read more at Food Safety Magazine...


This meal kit startup's latest selling point has nothing to do with food

Green Chef uses mostly organic ingredients, but it's trying to distinguish itself in the meal kit market a little differently, by emphasizing its efforts to reduce packaging and make its kits more sustainable. The company has reduced the size of its meal kit boxes by 20 percent, switched to compostable insulation made from 85 percent recycled materials and swapped plastic jars for recyclable pouches. Read more at Fortune...


Prescriptions for fresh produce, and other world changing ideas in food

Wholesome Wave won the food category of Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Award for running the country's largest prescription program for fruits and vegetables. CEO Michael Nischan is a former upscale chef who felt called to do more to bring healthier food to more people who needed it. Read more at Fast Company...


Dylamato's fresh produce market is Hazelwood's first grocer in 8 years

Dylamato's Market, which started out as a produce stand made from an old hay wagon, provides fresh, healthy options in an area of Pittsburgh that was previously a food desert. Read more at Next Pittsburgh...

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