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Nutrition Facts panel on packaged food

5@5: USDA proposes revised Nutrition Facts panel for meat | Nutritionists tout plant-based diets

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.

USDA proposes update to meat, poultry labeling rules

The agency plans to update rules for meat and poultry product nutrition labels to better align with the new FDA labeling regulations released earlier this year. Its proposal includes removing "calories from fat" from the label and requiring the addition of "added sugars," vitamin D and potassium. Meanwhile, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned the USDA to require a warning label on processed red meats informing consumers about potential risks of cancer associated with them. Read more at Bloomberg BNA...


Vegetarian and vegan diets good for kids and adults, nutritionists say

In new guidelines published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the academy asserts that plant-based diets are appropriate for all stages of life and are tied to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and certain cancers—as long as they're well-planned and well-rounded. Read more at Reuters...


Is sorghum the new quinoa? Meet the trendy super grain you need to try

Chefs are getting crafty with this versatile gluten-free grain, which also appears in snacks and cereals. It's cheap to cultivate and grows well in dry conditions. Read more at Today...


General Mills partners with USDA in $4 million initiative

A five-year commitment between General Mills, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will provide technical assistance to plant more than 100,000 acres of pollinator habitat. Read more at Powder Bulk Solids...


Switzerland to have Ayurveda practitioners by 2019: Indo-Swiss Ayurveda Foundation

Last year, the Swiss government recognized and sanctioned Ayurvedic medicine and therapy. Now it's working on creating a framework for approving medical practitioners and medicines that can be sold. Read more at Economic Times...

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