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5@5: Horizon adds algae-based oil to 'organic' milk | Farmer treats animals humanely til the end

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.

How millions of cartons of ‘organic’ milk contain an oil brewed in industrial vats of algae

To add omega-3s to its organic milk, Horizon creates an algae-based oil in 5-foot-tall industrial vats. While some question whether such a product should be labeled “organic,” the USDA allows it. Read more in The Washington Post …


This farmer wants to give animals a better life — and death

Double Brook Farm is one of just two ranches where the livestock is harvested on site. Owner and farmer Jon McConaughy says the situation is more humane and makes for better meat. Nevertheless, watching — or reading about — an animal’s slaughter is not for the faint of heart. Read more at …


Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in ready-to-eat foods

Fresh produce and dairy products carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which cause about 2 million illnesses a year and are difficult to treat. Researchers at California State University-Northridge suspect the bacteria reach the products through the soil. Read more at Science Daily …


Conagra's attempt to acquire Pinnacle Foods falls apart

If you put Reddi-wip whipped cream on top of your Vlasic pickles, or mix Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn with your Bird’s Eye frozen vegetables, you will continue to purchase your odd snacks from two different companies. An anonymous source told Reuters on Friday that Conagra and Pinnacle won’t be merging after all. Read more at Reuters …


Swiss Sucafina bets on coffee farming with Brazil venture

Sucafina SA is taking a minority stake in Cia Agropecuaria Monte Alegre, a 100-year-old Brazilian coffee grower, and plans to reach similar agreements with more growers Brazil and other South American countries. It’s a move toward vertically integrated coffee trading, says David Behrends, managing partner and head of trading at Sucafina. Read more at Bloomberg Markets …




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