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5@5: FDA urges 'Best if used by' labels | A sustainable solution for aquaculture

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.

To reduce food waste, FDA urges ‘Best if used by’ date labels

Encouraging consumers to keep food that is still safe to consume may mean re-wording date labels, as consumers are easily confused by these labels’ variation of language. The phrase “Best if used by” was found by various players in the food industry to convey the clearest to consumers that a given product may be stale after the date while not being dangerous health-wise. Read more at NPR …

The aquaculture industry is trying to take fish out of fish food. Is microalgae the solution?

The overharvesting of smaller, wild-caught species of fish to use as feed in aquaculture operations has led some ingredient manufacturers to switch to a microalgae-based alternative to fish oil. The widespread use of microalgae oil and other plant-based alternatives would greatly reduce the environmental impact of a farming method that touts itself as an ocean-friendly option. Read more at New Food Economy …

McDonald’s says that it has no plans to share yet about adding a plant-based burger

While McDonald’s executives made known at its annual shareholders meeting that they were keeping a close eye on plant-based alternatives, the company has no immediate plans to add a veggie burger to its permanent menu. Competitors such as Burger King, Carl’s Jr. and TGI Fridays have all incorporated meat-like plant-based burgers onto their menus, however, so the clock is ticking for McDonald’s to begin fulfilling the rising consumer demand for these products. Read more at CNBC …

Vegan meal kit brand Purple Carrot acquired by Japanese organic giant in $30M deal

Plant-based meal kit company Purple Carrot has been acquired by Japan’s largest meal kit and organic delivery service, Oisix ra daichi Inc. Purple Carrot will be the first vegan meal kit offered in Japan, but will retain its Massachusetts headquarters “while it utilizes Oisix’s expansive network to grow nationally and globally." Read more at Veg News … 

IKEA to roll out new vegan Swedish ‘meatballs’ starting this fall

IKEA is ramping up its in-house development of plant-based food offerings for its more than 400 stores worldwide. The newest addition is a highly anticipated vegan alternative to the chain’s classic Swedish meatball, and rather than rely on a vegetable-forward composition akin to previous veggie meatballs it will aim to mimic meat. Read more at Bloomberg …

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