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How digital technology can help secure the food chain

Food safety and security are of paramount importance. Digital technology promises a new series of safeguards, such as the use of smart sensors to assess changes in storage environments to the use of blockchain.

Amazon's disruption of the food business

Amazon has announced it is close to completing its purchase of the U.S. company Whole Foods. The aim is to transform the formerly criticized high-priced “Whole Paycheck” grocery chain into more affordable organics.

Spiders are top of the global predator chart

Lund - Spiders sit atop of the global predator chart according to a new biological study. This is based on the calculation that spiders consumes 400 million to 800 million tonnes of primarily insect prey every year.

Foodborne illness — How does food become contaminated? Part one

September is National Food Safety Education Month and this is the perfect time to focus on a number of issues related to food safety and foodborne illness. Today, we will look at where a contaminant enters the food production chain.

Chick-fil-A has kicked one ingredient off its menu

Atlanta - Chefs at Chick-fil-A's test kitchen have been tweaking the menu lately, experimenting with new salads and healthy side-dishes. In doing this, the company has decided to nix iceberg lettuce, and has unofficially banned it from the test kitchen.

Fewer sea lion pup standings this year — They are already dead

In Chile and California this year, sea lion pup strandings are down significantly from last year, but this is actually bad news. The youngsters aren't washing ashore hungry, sick and disorientated because most of them are dead.

Europe's cetaceans could go extinct because of PCBs

PCBs have been banned for almost 40 years, but they continue to pose a threat to marine animals in the waters off Europe. The killer whale and dolphin populations have suffered a serious decline because of the chemical.

Insecticides harm birds by devastating their food chain

Amsterdam - New research indicates that insecticides like neonicotinoid are harming birds by rippling through the food chain. Bird populations have declined in areas where certain insecticides are used.

GM crop contamination disrupts global food trade

Rome - Increased production of genetically modified crops worldwide has caused a sharp rise in the number of incidents where low levels of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been found in food and feedstuffs traded between nations, disrupting trade.

Large carnivores around the world are in decline

A new study charts the decline in populations of the top predators throughout different global ecosystems. Most of these animals are large carnivores.

Climate change impacts on the oceanic food chain

Climate change appears to be affecting the starting point of the ocean’s food chain. Changing climate is affecting the types of microscopic organisms found in the seas, with potential consequences for marine life and human health.

UN report: Dangers from hormone-disrupting chemicals in daily use

In what it described as a ‘landmark’ report the United Nations Program for Environment (UNEP) along with the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report examining the effect of hormone disrupting chemicals on humans and wildlife.

Food: EU to relax rules on animal protein in animal feed

Lost amongst the Europe-wide furore concerning the discovery of horsemeat in processed foods, on February 14 the European Union quietly announced a partial lifting of the ban on animal proteins in feedstuffs.

UK: Horsemeat scandal romps home as police raid two meat plants

The scandal involving horsemeat in foodstuffs and ready-made meals was portrayed by the UK government as a fraud involving criminal gangs outside the UK but yesterday, events took a new turn as food inspectors and police raided two UK based meat plants.

UK: Some frozen lasagne may have contained '100% horsemeat'

The UK’s horsemeat in food scandal took a new twist last night as a government body, Britain’s Food Standards Agency, the FSA, reported that tests on Findus brand frozen beef lasagne ready meals showed they may have contained 100 per cent horsemeat.

Bees in Alsace make M&M's coloured honey

Ribeauville - Beekeepers in Alsace in eastern France had a nasty surprise recently after discovering their bees were producing honey in shades of blue, green and chocolate brown. The source of the problem was traced to a nearby Mars factory producing M&M's sweets.

Smoke ‘belching’ from No.3 reactor, Tokyo tap water contaminated

Tokyo - Tokyo’s tap water has seen a spike in radiation levels to more than twice the safe level recommended for infants, while TEPCO reports that gray smoke was “belching” from the No. 3 reactor building, increasing fears over the ongoing crisis.

Contaminated food latest woes as Japan’s radiation spreads

Tokyo - Japanese officials have announced that radiation contamination has entered its food chain, with reports of milk and lettuce in the region of the troubled Daiichi nuclear facility near Fukushima exceeding levels allowed by the government.

Food chain, kids could be at severe risk from Japan radioactivity

Tokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan stated that more radiation was released at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Radiation has now spread from four reactors and experts say this could affect the food chain and children.

Decline in plankton signals alarm bells for food chain

Phytoplankton is barely visible to the naked eye. It also lies at the very bottom of the food pyramid. But now its rapid decline could shake the foundations of that very pyramid.

Burger King Sued for Selling Cheap Burger

Burger King, a popular food chain is being sued by franchise owners for selling its double cheese burger for $1. The complainants say they are losing at least 10 cents for every burger that they sell.

Atlantic Snails are Increasing Significantly in Size

A Queen’s University biologist has discovered that the shell lengths of northwest Atlantic Ocean snails – an important member of the Atlantic food chain – have increased by 22.6 per cent over the past century.

Study Claims Ocean Food Chain Threatened by Greenhouse Gas

A study by Australian scientists has found rising concentrations of acid in the Southern Ocean caused by greenhouse gases are damaging the ability of some sea creatures to form shells.

Aphids Don't Like Brussel Sprouts Either

Aphids that eat Brussels sprouts are smaller than normal and live in undersized populations, which has a negative knock-on effect up the food chain according to new research published today in "Science".

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