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5@5: Second jury links Bayer's Roundup to cancer | Amazon launches skin care line

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.

Exposure to Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller caused user’s cancer, California jury finds

This most recent ruling marks the second time the agrochemical company has been found guilty of causing cancer in a decades-long user of the ubiquitous weedkiller Roundup. Bayer’s Monsanto unit may be held accountable following this verdict and, in that case, a jury will have to decide exactly how much the damages will cost it. Bayer maintains that its glyphosate-based weedkillers were not responsible for the instances of cancer in either case. Read more at New Food Economy …

 

Amazon is launching Belei, its first skin care line, as it pushes further into private-label products

 

Amazon’s new private-label skin care line gives the company an opportunity to take up more space in the $18.8 billion U.S. prestige beauty industry—and sell goods at higher margins than groceries. The line, called Belei, could have a not-insignificant effect on beauty brands with similar affordable skin care aims—such as Olay, Estee Lauder and Clinique. Read more at CNBC …

 

McDonald’s is launching vegan ‘chicken’ nuggets, but you’ll have to go to Norway

McDonald’s has launched its plant-based McVegan nuggets at some of its Norway outlets—each nugget is comprised of mashed potatoes, chickpeas, onion, carrots and corn and is breaded and deep fried like a regular nugget. While McDonald’s has been expanding its vegan product line in Europe, the company was recently under fire after consumers across the UK found chicken inside what was described as a vegetarian option. Read more at Insider …

 

Nearly all Americans fail to eat enough of this actual superfood

A shocking 5 percent of people across the U.S. meet the Institute of Medicine’s recommended daily amount of fiber—and the uptick in low-carb dieting compounded with continued consumption of ultra-processed foods isn’t helping. Fiber is “the closest thing we have to a true superfood … It slows the absorption of glucose—which evens out our blood sugar levels—and also lowers cholesterol and inflammation.” Moreover, not consuming an adequate amount of fiber can seriously damage one’s gut microbiome. Read more at Vox …

 

Blue Apron founder bets chickens can help beat climate change

Matthew Wadiak, former COO at meal kit company Blue Apron, yesterday launched a company that “will attempt to pull the food system back from the brink through regenerative agricultural initiatives, starting with… chickens.” The chickens, which cost anywhere from $15 to $20 each, will be heirloom and pasture-raised and thus have a more pronounced and unique flavor profile than a regular supermarket chicken would. Read more at The Spoon …

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