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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.

Kellogg's faces $5M lawsuit over lack of strawberries in in Pop-Tarts

Most of us inherently know that Pop-Tarts don't exist in the realm of better-for-you food products, but now a customer has filed a $5 million lawsuit against parent company Kellogg's alleging the company masquerades its strawberry-flavored Pop-Tart as a health food. The lawsuit claims that the label and marketing of Kellogg’s Strawberry Pop-Tarts are “misleading because they give people the impression [that] the [product’s] fruit filling contains a greater relative and absolute amount of strawberries than it does.” Geek Spin has the scoop.

This year's Thanksgiving feast will wallop the wallet

According to The New York Times, this year's Thanksgiving celebrations could top all others in the history of the celebrations with regard to cost. Supply-chain issues are driving up the cost of everything from turkey to vanilla to classic pie ingredients. High transportation expenses, labor shortages, trade policies, bad weather and inflation are all contributing factors as well. Turkey is more expensive largely because the price of corn more than doubled in some parts of the country from July 2020 to July 2021, and that is what most commercial turkeys are fed.

Halt the salt—it can save lives and healthcare costs

There is a strong relationship between salt intake and high blood pressure: Eating more salt raises blood pressure. Prolonged high blood pressure causes heart disease, stroke and kidney failure, tying people to a lifetime of invasive medical therapy and consuming more than $28 billion in Medicare costs for dialysis alone. This is why, per The Seattle Times, the Federal Drug Administration is hoping to cut down on salt at restaurants, in schools and in packaged and prepared foods. Over 10 years, the modest changes the agency will enforce could save 500,000 lives and more than $100 billion in healthcare costs.

Bill Gates' latest climate investment is... milk

It's no secret that brands who walk the talk in terms of mission are getting more investment than others, and the milk products from Portland, Oregon-based brand Neutral just snagged big bucks from none other than Breakthrough Energy Ventures—the climate-focused VC fund founded by Bill Gates—for this reason. Neutral worked with researchers to study the carbon footprint of dairy, from farmland use all the way to what happens to empty milk cartons. Then, the company began partnering with dairy farmers and paying for interventions that farmers otherwise might not be able to afford. Fast Company dives into the details.

How can salmonella outbreaks be prevented?

In the wake of a massive Salmonella outbreak across the U.S. stemming from Mexico-grown onions, health officials are reiterating ways the illness spreads and how to prevent it to the best of one's abilities. The Food Institute writes that proper handwashing techniques, food safety education for consumers, sterilizing fruits and vegetables (this includes chlorine, UV light and high temperature treatments) and buyer specifications for food safety in food purchasing contracts are a few key ways to fight another outbreak. Also notable is that any surfaces that come into contact with Salmonella must be sterilized as well, because it is so easily transferable.

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