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5@5: Monsanto herbicide found in dozens of cereal brands | New EOV seal launches

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.

Dozens more breakfast foods test positive for trace amounts of weed killer, report says

The notorious Monsanto weed killer Roundup has been detected in dozens of popular cereal brands, including Quaker Simply Granola Oats and Honey Nut Cheerios. It should be noted that the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which conducted the study, has a significantly lower benchmark for the herbicide’s presence than the EPA does. The group argues that this is to add a buffer for children, who can be negatively impacted later in life from early and cumulative exposure to even a residual amount of the herbicide. Read more at CNN ...

 

General Mills’ Epic brand gets ecological outcome seal for products

 

Epic Provisions is the first brand in the US to bear the Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) seal, meaning that the production of its food products tangibly benefited the land used to make the ingredients. The program was initiated two years ago and is managed by Savory Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit that promotes livestock grazing and grassland restoration. Read more at Star Tribune 

 

These new vape companies want you to inhale…vitamins

Vaping has been much maligned, and rightly so; it is often proffered as a better-for-you alternative to the cigarette, which has made younger audiences more susceptible to nicotine addiction rather than its intended effect of weaning seasoned smokers off the habit. But now vaping has been co-opted by the wellness industry, and brands are infusing vapes with B12, essential oils, and various supplements in the hopes of successfully marketing towards a healthy audience. Read more at Vox  …

 

Wide recalls are latest jolt to food-supply chain

This past year has seen an inordinate amount of expensive and widespread food recalls. The USDA has enforced new regulations with the purpose of making farmers and food processors try harder to prevent foodborne illness, and food manufacturers are being held responsible due in part to new advances in pathogen detection. Read more at The Wall Street Journal …

 

High school students run this dock-to-table sustainable seafood program

Launched in February of 2018, Fishadelphia operates as an after-school club that teaches students business skills through selling sustainable seafood. The program links coastal harvesters with urban consumers and is funded by a $265,000 grant from the USDA Farmers’ Market and Local Food Promotion Program. Read more at Civil Eats …

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