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Ethiopia's teff grain set to be world's next 'super-food'

Under a searing midday sun, a herd of cattle circles atop a pile of golden teff, thrashing the wheat-like grain, a method that has been practised by Ethiopian farmers for centuries. The crop, mostly grown in the Horn of Africa, is a key part of the country's heritage and a crucial food staple, but is also gaining increased interest abroad among health afficionados seeking a nutritious, gluten-free alternative to wheat.

Hundreds of foods in U.S. contain 'ADA' plastics chemical: report

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States, including many foods labeled as "healthy," contain a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued Thursday by a health research and advocacy group. Azodicarbonamide, also known as ADA, was found as an ingredient in breads, bagels, tortillas, hamburger and hot dog buns, pizza, pastries, and other food products, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group, based in Washington.

Egypt's bread 'smart cards': financial miracle for age-old problem?

By Maggie Fick PORT SAID, Egypt (Reuters) - A device resembling a credit card swiper is revolutionizing some of Egypt's politically explosive bread lines and may help achieve the impossible -- cutting crippling food import bills. Authorities who hope to avoid protests over subsidized loaves sold for the equivalent of one U.S. cent have turned to smart cards to try to manage the corrupt and wasteful bread supply chain that has been untouchable for decades.

Subway says it's removing chemical from bread; says not in response to petition

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Subway says it's in the process of removing a chemical from its bread as part of an ongoing effort to improve its recipes. The announcement comes after a popular food blogger launched a petition this week asking the sandwich chain to stop using the ingredient, called azodicarbonamide. A representative for Subway says the change was underway before the petition was launched, but did not immediately provide details on when it started or when it would be complete.

Sudan confronts politically explosive bread shortage

Sudan battled a politically explosive bread shortage Tuesday that has forced Khartoum residents to wait hours for the staple food because a lack of foreign exchange is limiting wheat imports. AFP reporters saw lines of seven to 20 people at Khartoum-area bakeries on Tuesday, about three days after shortages began. "Today our production was 50 percent of normal," Adam Mohammed, a baker in North Khartoum, said Tuesday night as several people waited for their loaves. But Mohammed said he expected the supply of flour to improve from Wednesday.

Sudan confronts politically explosive bread shortage

Sudan battled on Tuesday a politically explosive bread shortage that has forced Khartoum residents to wait hours for the staple food because a lack of foreign exchange is limiting wheat imports. "If this continues, people will not keep silent," said Khalifa Hassan, a government worker queueing with about 10 other customers at a neighbourhood bakery in North Khartoum on Monday night. An AFP reporter saw queues of 15-20 people at Khartoum-area bakeries on Tuesday morning as well, about three days after shortages began.

World Chefs: Former radio DJ puts global spin on comfort food

By Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - Celebrity chef Sunny Anderson has put her travels in Europe and Asia to good use in her first cookbook, "Sunny's Kitchen," by combining unusual ingredients she discovered while living and working abroad with comfort food.

Nation's corn harvest in many states exceeding expectations; farmers credit rain, cool temps

DES MOINES, Iowa - Harvest is in full swing across the country, and farmers in many states are surprised at the abundance of corn they're getting from their fields. Dairy farmer Ben Steffen, who also grows corn, soybeans and wheat on 1,900 acres near the southeastern Nebraska town of Humboldt, said his first corn field brought in 168 bushels an acre, above the average of 140.

Japan may resume GMO-hit U.S. wheat buys this week: sources

By James Topham and Osamu Tsukimori TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan could resume buying U.S. western white wheat as early as this week, industry sources said, after adopting stricter measures designed to detect genetically modified strains of the grain used for confectionary flour.

Egypt's wheat problem: how Mursi jeopardized the bread supply

By Sarah McFarlane CAIRO (Reuters) - The biggest mistake deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi made during his year in power was dramatically reducing wheat imports, according to Mohamed Abu Shadi, the country's new minister of supplies.
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