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No need to avoid potential allergens like peanuts, eggs in infants' diets

TORONTO - There is new advice for Canadian parents of infants who are at high risk of developing a food allergy. The Canadian Pediatric Society and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology have issued new guidance on when high-risk infants can safely be exposed to foods commonly associated with food allergies, reversing their previous advice to avoid some foods early in a baby's life.

N. Korea produces more food, but malnutrition persists

North Korea has increased food production for a third straight year, but malnutrition remains widespread, UN agencies say, voicing particular concern over stunting in children. Failures in the state distribution system mean families increasingly rely on unofficial markets and bartering to feed themselves, according to a nationwide assessment published Thursday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme.

European food institute to set up Asian headquarters in S. Korea

SEJONG, Nov. 27 (Yonhap) -- A leading European food research institute has agreed to set up its Asian base in South Korea, which is seeking to become a hub for the Northeast Asian food market, the South Korean government said Wednesday. The TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday for investment in the country's national food cluster in Iksan, located some 200 kilometers southwest of Seoul in North Jeolla Province, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Food stamps may not improve food security, diet quality

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A program that provides food and nutrition assistance to millions of low-income Americans may not be effective at current funding levels, suggests a new study. Researchers found people who received assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fared no better than people in similar conditions who were not eligible or didn't enroll in the program.

Amid holiday canned-food drives, U.S. food banks take up farming

By Daniel Kelley GLENMOORE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Surrounded by rows of kale and collard greens, Bill Shick ticks off statistics about yields and the man-hours it takes to harvest the leafy green vegetables.

Luxury Okura hotel chain ensnared in Japan food-label scandal

A Japanese food labelling scandal widened Thursday after the luxury Okura hotel chain, which has hosted foreign VIPs including US President Barack Obama, admitted it had lied about food quality at its swanky restaurants. The company said 13 hotels, including its iconic Tokyo property, served meals made with ingredients falsely labelled as being of top-end quality, such as Pacific white shrimp advertised as the much pricier Shiba variety.

Report says Manitoba has second-highest rate of food bank usage among provinces

WINNIPEG - Manitoba has the second-highest rate of food bank usage among the provinces and has seen the sharpest increase since 2008, says a report released Tuesday by a non-profit group representing Canada's food banks. The report from Food Banks Canada says just over 4.7 per cent of Manitobans use food banks — second only to the 5.1 per cent counted in Newfoundland and Labrador. Forty-five per cent of Manitoba food bank users are children — a higher rate than any other province.

More than 800,000 Canadians still relying on food banks, study shows

OTTAWA - The number of Canadians using food banks has fallen off slightly but still remains near record highs almost four years after the end of the economic recession. The annual study by Food Banks Canada, scheduled for release Tuesday, shows that more than 833,000 people relied on food handouts during one snapshot month earlier this year, compared with 872,379 the previous March. More than a third of them were children. "Underlying this small drop is a concern of enormous proportions: food bank use remains higher than it was before the recession began," the report states.

Owners urged to pay attention to pet food labels

Pet food labeling is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many states have also adopted labeling standards published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Consumers should pay close attention to labels when buying food for their dogs and cats: — Products labeled as "premium," ''super premium" or "holistic" are not required to contain different or higher-quality ingredients. They are marketing terms. — Products labeled "natural" by and large may not contain artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.

FDA issues proposed rule to improve food safety for animals

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it is issuing a proposed rule aimed at improving the safety of food for animals and pets. The rule would require companies that make animal feed and pet food sold in the United States to identify potential hazards and put in place procedures to prevent and correct them.
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