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5@5: Food, agriculture industry asks for COVID-19 vaccine priority | Happy Meals get healthy

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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.

Industry seeks COVID-19 vaccination priority for food, ag workers

Food and agriculture groups are urging President Trump to give COVID-19 vaccine priority to food, agriculture, retail and CPG workers because of their essential role in keeping the food supply chain afloat. The groups also asked for an influential public education campaign to ensure there will be widespread and sustained acceptance of the vaccine. Head to Feedstuffs for more.

Happy Meals could get healthier under a proposed Maryland law

Maryland's County Bill 071, also known as The Healthy Kids Meal Bill, is set to be the most comprehensive health nutritional chldren's meal policy ever. It will eventually require all food businesses offer water, milk or 100% juice to accompany children's meals in addition to having one healthy side and one healthy main meal on the children's menu as well. Civil Eats has the scoop.

Beyond Meat launches two new versions of its plant-based burger

Beyond Meat's newest burger iterations are lower in saturated fat and juicier than their predecessors. But the company didn't add or subtract any ingredients to make this happen, it only modified the way the peas, beans, oils and grains are processed and layered as they form the patty. Learn more at The Spoon ...

Missouri food bank makes a business case for food as medicine

An ambitious Missouri food bank is beginning a 3-year randomized, controlled study of 750 women and their families in order to prove that giving pregnant women and their households a steady supply of food during pregnancy and two months after birth will have a positive economic and health impact. Several of the nation's largest food banks have begun promoting healthy food as a cost-effective replacement of medicine. Get all the details at The Counter ...

For home cooks, burnout is a reality this holiday season

Consumers have been cooking at home since March, so it comes as no surprise that the designated chefs of the family are heading into the holidays with more than a little trepidation. Prolonged stress from the pandemic, election, police violence, protests in 2020 have pushed many home chefs to the brink of burnout, and the pressure to cook that comes with the holidays will likely send them over the edge. The New York Times has the full story.

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