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EU Bans Greenwashing, Lab-Grown Fruits, New Consumer & Agrifood Funds Launch + More

Food + Tech Connect

Image Credit: Green Queen Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. The EU has finalized a law designed to curb greenwashing, banning labels including ‘carbon-neutral,’ ‘natural,’ and ‘biodegradable.’ To be turned into a law, the proposal will need to get final approval from the EU Parliament and Council, which is e

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Yet another risk for produce – Angiostrongyliasis cantanensis – Rat Lungworm

Bill Marler

The CDC this week reports finding the spread of Angiostrongylus cantonensis , (Rat Lungworm) into Georgia. Originally described in Asia, where most human infections are reported, is now endemic in different regions of the world. In the United States, A. cantonensis was initially reported in Hawaii, and later in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida, likely introduced by infected rats and gastropods through trade routes, such as on merchant ships.

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Are you ready for some meatball?

Food Management

Get “baller status” by adding these savory spheres to your fall menu. So many different proteins, wow-level ingredients and global flavor profiles make meatballs just the thing to get culinary innovation rolling.

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Can your restaurant get greener?

Restobiz

Many restaurants are making strides to lower their carbon footprints, as part of their business goals and in an attempt to address rising diner demand. But before diving into a complete overhaul, identifying potential stumbling blocks can help make the road shorter. Creating a plan that identifies where your greatest impediments lay means getting ahead […] The post Can your restaurant get greener?

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Food Delivery Fraud: Challenges in Ensuring Security for Platforms, Drivers, and Consumers

Modern Restaurant Management

The U.S. is the second-largest online food delivery market​ and generated an estimated $218B in revenue in 2022. And experts predict the market will increase close to $500B by 2027. Due to the growth and increased demand, leading food delivery platforms such as Uber Eats, DoorDash​, and Grubhub are also facing the growing threat of fraud and abuse on both the customer and driver sides as scams and scammers become more sophisticated.

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Marler Clark investigates cause of E. coli Outbreak at Huntley High

Bill Marler

The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) and Huntley Community School District 158 are working collaboratively to respond to a recent outbreak of Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC) at Huntley High School. There are currently seven confirmed cases of STEC, all of which involve students. The first case was identified on Sunday, September 17. At this time, there is insufficient evidence to indicate the source of the illness.

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Study links aspartame consumption to learning and memory deficits in mice

Food Safety News

Researchers from the Florida State University College of Medicine have unveiled findings from an ongoing study revealing a potential link between aspartame consumption and learning and memory deficits in mice. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener widely used in various food and beverage products since the 1980s. It is commonly found in diet drinks, chewing gum, gelatin, ice cream, dairy products such as yogurt, breakfast cereal, toothpaste, and even medications such as cough drops and chewable

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Outsmarting Rodents: Tips for Choosing Rat-Resistant Trash Cans

Wasserstrom

As of September 1st, the New York City Sanitation Department (DSNY) announced that it would begin fining restaurants and all other food-related businesses that do not use garbage cans designed to keep rodents out. The new rule is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to reduce its rat population, which is estimated to be in […] The post Outsmarting Rodents: Tips for Choosing Rat-Resistant Trash Cans appeared first on The Official Wasserstrom Blog.

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How AI and Gig Workers Will Improve Customer Service for Restaurants

Modern Restaurant Management

The past few years have undeniably changed the restaurant industry in more ways than one could imagine. Especially during the pandemic, restaurants have grappled with unexpected challenges, particularly in maintaining exceptional customer service amidst shifting operational dynamics. But as with every challenge, innovation thrives. Enter AI and gig workers.

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Fueling Brains E. coli Outbreak nears 350 sick

Bill Marler

According to Global News, six children with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) remain in hospital on Thursday as a result of the Calgary Fueling Brains daycare E. coli Outbreak – two of which remain on dialysis. In the past day, two children were discharged from hospital. On Thursday, AHS said there were a total of 349 lab-confirmed cases linked to the outbreak.

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FM On Demand with Tara Fitzpatrick: Iconic Cleveland chef Douglas Katz joins forces for good health with Cleveland Clinic

Food Management

Morrison Healthcare welcomes Chef Douglas Katz as the newest member of the culinary leadership team at the Cleveland Clinic.

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Kentucky health officials are combating a Salmonella outbreak

Food Safety News

Multiple reports of possible Salmonella illness are under investigation by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH). The local and state agencies are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak in Campbellsville, KY. By Friday, September 22, 2023, 13 cases of illness were reported. Six cases have been confirmed as salmonella, while the remaining seven are categorized as probable salmonella.

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Guide to Hiring the Right Bar Staff: 5 Steps to Build the Perfect Team

Sculpture Hospitality

The ambiance of a bar, its artfully crafted drinks, and the music played are all elements that lure patrons in. Yet, what truly defines and differentiates a bar in the crowded hospitality industry is its team.

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Optimize Local SEO for Your Restaurant

Modern Restaurant Management

When it comes to attracting customers to restaurants, local SEO is crucial and can optimize their online presence to attract more local customers. What Is Local SEO? Local Search is a search format where Google's algorithms rely on location data to display specific results according to the geographic location of the user or other locations suggested by them.

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Six with E. coli at Huntley High School – Source Elusive

Bill Marler

According to McHenry County Health Department at least six cases of Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC) have now been reported at suburban Huntley High School. In a letter released to parents on Wednesday, officials said they had been contacted by the McHenry County Health Department about the outbreak. Health officials are working to determine “common exposures” among the individuals who have been diagnosed with the illness, but no definitive source has been identified at this time.

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USDA expands access to school breakfast and lunch for more students

Food Management

Department is expanding CEP availability to an estimated 3,000 more school districts in high-need areas.

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Bill calls for the USDA to buy more fresh produce from growers and distributors in U.S.

Food Safety News

The Fresh Produce Procurement Reform Act, legislation that would increase and improve USDA’s procurement of fresh fruits and vegetables, is now in the hopper with many supporters. The bill would order USDA to partner with growers, distributors, and food hubs to provide fresh, U.S.-grown fruits and vegetables to community organizations like schools, local food pantries, and youth organizations while prioritizing socially disadvantaged farmers and entities, regional food inequities, and local and

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Proud to Announce the Transformation of Employees into Franchisees

Sculpture Hospitality

TORONTO, ON, Sept. 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sculpture Hospitality, the leading trailblazer in the food and beverage inventory management industry, proudly announces a substantial milestone in its journey of growth and success with several of its dedicated employees transitioning to franchise owners. Over the past year, the company has experienced exponential expansion, positioning itself as a driving force in the industry.

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Revolutionizing Restaurant Financial Compliance with the AI-Powered Future

Modern Restaurant Management

A staggering amount of money passed through restaurants every year. In the US alone, restaurant sales are forecast to hit $997 billion during 2023, according to the latest National Statistics. Restaurants process customer orders and payments, use reservation systems, deal with invoices from suppliers, run staff payroll and more. This involves them processing credit card details and handling other personally identifiable information, such as customers’ names, telephone numbers, and home add

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All of the Roku Streaming Players Compared

Techlicious

If you’re a bit lost by the different Roku models available, we break down the options, compare the features and give you recommendations for every situation.

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5 things: Students don’t get enough time to eat lunch, teachers tell survey

Food Management

This and Elior North America entering the New York private school market with an acquisition are some of the stories you may have missed recently.

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Food truck implicated in outbreak

Food Safety News

County officials are reporting an outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses linked to a food truck in Kirkland, WA. Thirty-four people reported having developed symptoms after consuming food from the food truck on Sept. 14. The truck was from Tacos El Guero and was catering a private event. The symptoms mentioned by public health officials that were reported by those who became sick included diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and nausea.

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Researchers Say FDA Should Look Closer at Multigenerational Effects of Aspartame After Study Suggests Learning, Memory Deficits

Food Safety Magazine

New research from the Florida State University College of Medicine suggests that the artificial sweetener aspartame may have negative cognitive effects, finding spatial learning and memory deficits among the offspring of male mice that consumed low doses of the chemical.

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Embracing Sustainability: The Hidden Power of Ice Vending Machines in the HoReCa Sector

Modern Restaurant Management

It’s no surprise that the hotel, restaurant, and catering sector (HoReCa) collectively generates an awful lot of carbon emissions. And yet the sector has been slow to respond to environmental pressures. Studies indicate that the industry contributes to one percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If that percentage doesn’t seem all that high, consider that it represents one one-hundredth of a total 36.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide, which is 860 million tons.

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How to Tell if an Email Has Been Spoofed

Techlicious

Not sure if an email is real or spoofed? Here's how to access your email header information and which fields clearly show that an email is not what it is purporting to be.

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FM On Demand with Tara Fitzpatrick: How Cura’s Comfort Cart amplifies human touch at Allegheny General

Food Management

We talk with Cura Hospitality’s Windy Flynn and Jessica Kotuba about the carts that carry so much more than just coffee, snacks and tissues.

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Rare anthrax strikes beef herd in South Dakota’s West River ranch country

Food Safety News

The animal research and diagnostic lab at South Dakota State University has confirmed the presence of Anthrax in a beef herd West of the Missouri River. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Anthrax can cause severe illness in humans and animals. CDC lists Anthrax as a serious infectious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis.

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Boutique Group Signs MoU with Sommet Education

Hospitality Net

Boutique Group, a hospitality company fully owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, merging the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s culture and heritage with contemporary elegance to develop historic and cultural places into ultra-luxury boutique hotels, has signed an MoU with Sommet Education, a leading international network of hospitality management and culinary arts schools.

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Successfully Managing a Restaurant During Unpredictable Weather

Sculpture Hospitality

Managing a restaurant is no easy feat, especially in unpredictable weather. Here are some tips that will help you weather the storm and increase profits.

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The Role of Blockchain in Ensuring Food Safety in Restaurants

The Restaurant Technology Guys

?️ The future of food safety is here, and it's powered by blockchain! Learn how this transformative technology is ensuring transparency and trust in the restaurant industry's food supply chain. Read more in our latest blog post! #Blockchain #FoodSafety #RestaurantTech The post The Role of Blockchain in Ensuring Food Safety in Restaurants appeared first on Restaurant Technology Guys.

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Aladdin’s Mobile Mart creates value-added dining for students at Ave Maria University

Food Management

M2 serves grab and go selections and convenience store-like items such as candy, chips, assorted beverages, and other packaged snacks.

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