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5@5: USDA recommends 'best if used by' dates | Food Justice Certified farms multiply

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 asks meat, dairy companies to replace confusing expiration & sell-by labels with 'best if used by' date

Varying dates stamped on food products confuse consumers and lead to unnecessary waste. So the government is asking companies to stick to the "best if used by" date stamp. "Research shows that this phrase conveys to consumers that the product will be of best quality if used by the calendar date shown," USDA says in new guidance. "Foods not exhibiting signs of spoilage should be wholesome and may be sold, purchased, donated and consumed beyond the labeled 'Best if Used By' date." Read more at Consumerist...

 

Organic farming doesn't mean fairer labor

A small percentage of farms in the U.S. are organic, and a small number are unioninized. But Swanton Berry Farm in California is both, and it's one of a growing number of farms adopting Food Justice certification, which ensures that it meets strict standards around worker safety, compensation, transparency and fairness. Currently only six farms in the U.S. are certified, but more than two dozen others are working toward it. Read more at National Geographic...

 

Antibiotic resistance will hit a terrible tipping point in 2017

Next year, more antibiotics may be consumed by farm animals than by humans. Read more at New Scientist...

 

Is fresh and organic food a losing battle for Campbell Soup Company?

The fresh division of the company, which it's been building over the last several years, was a drag on Campbell's overall performance in 2016. But management says the division will rebound next year. Read more at The Motley Fool...

 

Lola Granola Bar wins small business pitch contest

The New York-based company won the 1010WINS and Canon Maxify Printers Small Business Grant Challenge earlier this month, taking home a $10,000 grant. Founder Mary Molina said the funding will help Lola Granola launch in the Smart Snack School Nutrition Program. Read more at The Gourmet Retailer...

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