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Chlorine dioxide pouches make produce safer

Chlorine dioxide pouches make produce safer
Two Florida companies are working to develop a small plastic pouch designed to make produce safer. The pouch releases chlorine dioxide gas, which eliminates E. coli bacteria and other pathogens from the surfaces of fruits and vegetables.



Eating cucumbers helps keep you hydrated

Eating cucumbers helps keep you hydrated
Crunchy cucumbers are not only a low-calorie snack; they also are a highly nutritious addition to any meal.



Study: Fear-based messaging negatively affects consumption of fresh produce

Study: Fear-based messaging negatively affects consumption of fresh produce
A recent study found that fear-based messaging tactics have led to a decline in produce consumption among low-income shoppers.



Proposed rule could help consumers make informed food choices

Proposed rule could help consumers make informed food choices
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed an amendment to nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products.



Farmers’ outdoor work can increase skin cancer risk

Farmers’ outdoor work can increase skin cancer risk
Many farmers have long-term exposure to the sun that can put them at risk for developing skin cancer.



Tiny ticks carry big diseases; prevention is key

Tiny ticks carry big diseases; prevention is key
Ernest “Bing” Kallus is still recovering from the Rocky Mountain spotted fever he contracted from a tick bite 13 months ago.



Antibiotic claims serve to scare consumers, limit farmers

Farmers and farm organizations rallied last month to assure consumers that there are no antibiotics in their sandwiches—or their food supply in general.



Meat Matters: Animal Agriculture Alliance debuts campaign

The Animal Agriculture Alliance unveiled on Feb. 1 a campaign focused on promoting the role of meat and poultry in a healthy, balanced diet. The Meat Matters initiative counters claims made by activist groups about the nutritional value of animal protein, as well as the sustainability of meat and poultry production.



Latest dietary guidelines: Healthy eating patterns vital to good health

At the beginning of the year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services released their most recent dietary guidelines. Issued every five years, the report underscores the relationship between agriculture and healthy foods. 



Study finds whole milk may help with weight loss

A recently published study in the journal Circulation discusses how whole milk may promote cardiometabolic health.



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