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FDA Charges Baby Formula Industry To Reduce Bacteria Illness Industry | Food Industry Headlines

The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued a new call to action to the infant formula industry to protect babies from illnesses caused by Salmonella and Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria. – CNN

Fly By Jing secures $12 million in series B funding


Fly By Jing, known for its Sichuan chili crisp, has secured $12 million in series B finding. The funds will be used to accelerate its growth as it expands into Kroger and other U.S. retailers.

Impossible Foods launches new meat alternative with less fat

Green Queen

Impossible Foods is set to launch a leaner version of its plant-based beef. The new Impossible Beef Lite has 45% less total fat than 90/10 lean beef from cows.

FrieslandCampina and PepsiCo ask suppliers to stop buying palm oil from AAL 


Dutch dairy producer FrieslandCampina N.V. and U.S. soda maker PepsiCo have asked their suppliers to stop buying palm oil from plantation owner Astra Agro Lestari, accused by environmental groups of land and human rights abuses.

Lidl recalls ready-to-eat cocktail shrimp


Lidl has recalled its ready-to-eat Tapas branded Cocktail Shrimp due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product was distributed across all U.S. Lidl locations, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Mediterranean diet linked with reduced risk of developing dementia

NBC News

An analysis of data from over 60,000 seniors showed that choosing to follow a Mediterranean diet reduces a person’s likelihood of developing dementia by almost one-quarter, even among those with genes that put them at greater risk.

Tyson Foods to close two chicken plants 


In a move that affects more than 1,500 workers, Tyson Foods is set to close two chicken plants in Van Buren, Arkansas, and Glen Allen, Virginia, by May 12.

EPA proposes standards to make drinking water safer from forever chemicals

Al Jazeera

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a federal limit on forever chemicals in drinking water across the United States. Officials say the move will save lives.

Food coloring nanoparticles may damage the human gut, scientists warn

SciTech Daily

Metal oxide nanoparticles, frequently used as food coloring and anti-caking agents in the food industry, may cause damage to certain parts of the human intestine, according to a new study by scientists at Cornell and Binghamton Universities.

Shiru unveils plant-based fat that looks and behaves like animal fat

Ag Funder News

Shiru, a California-based startup, has identified plant-based proteins that can be combined with healthy oils to create structured fats that can replace the saturated animal or tropical fats in multiple applications.

Recalled food items increased in 2022, report says 

Food Safety News 

According to a newly released report, the total number of “units” recalled under the authority of the FDA increased by more than 650% in 2022 compared to 2021. 

Hershey launches plant-based milk chocolate

Confectionery News 

The Hershey Co. is launching milk-free alternatives for its Hershey’s and Reese’s brands. The move signals Hershey’s entrance into the plant-based trend. 

Kellogg’s reveals new names as rebranding edges closer

Food Dive

Kellogg’s moved a step closer to splitting the company into two distinct companies for cereals as snacks by announcing the names of the two businesses that will succeed Kellogg’s. They are Kellanova and WK Kellogg Co.

Experts predict that more than half of meat will no longer come from animals

Veg News

Experts expect that 60% of meat will be in the form of vegan or lab-grown protein by 2040.

Food tech startup Burger Index raises $1.3m seed funding for expansion

Gulf Business

Burger Index, a Spanish food tech startup established in 2022, has raised $1.3m in seed funding to start its expansion in the GCC region.

Good Culture and Diary Farmers of America partner on probiotic milk – News Headlines for This Week

The Diary Farmers of America (DFA) and Good Culture have partnered to produce a new lactose-free milk formulated with a probiotic to support digestive and immune health. – Food Business News

General Mills discontinues animal-free dairy brand Bold Cultr

Just Food

General Mills has reached a decision to pull the animal-free cream-cheese brand Bold Cultr from the market. This decision came less than two years after the brand was launched.

Geisha seafood recalled from Walmart and Safeway due to spoilage concerns

USA Today 

Some Geisha Medium Shrimp has been recalled due to concerns that the seafood might be spoiled. The recall comes after the company received reports of swelling, leaking, or bursting cans. 

New research shows Keto-like diet may be associated with a higher risk of heart disease

CNN Health

A new study has revealed that low-carb, high-fat “keto-like” diets may be linked to higher levels of “bad” cholesterol and double the risk of cardiovascular issues like heart attacks, strokes, and blocked arteries.

Plant-based food maker Eat Just to lay off 18% of its workers

Food Dive 

Eat Just is set to lay off 18% of its workforce in a move that affects only its Just Egg division. 

Next Gen Foods expand into the plant-based dairy food market with new acquisition

Food Navigator USA

Plant-based chicken manufacturer Next Gen Foods has acquired Mwah! for an undisclosed fee. This move signals Next Gen’s entry into the plant-based dairy food market, estimated to be worth $31.5 billion.

USDA proposes new definition for “Made in USA” labels on meat, poultry, and eggs


The United States Department of Agriculture is proposing a new rule for “Made in USA” labels as used on meat, poultry, and eggs. Under this new rule, the label will only be used when the products are derived from animals born, raised, slaughtered, and processed in the United States.

Heura’s international vegan meat sales increased by 260% in 2022

Green Queen

Spanish-based plant-based food tech startup, Heura announced a 260% increase in its international sales in 2022. The startup got this result despite the global economy and the stagnant U.S. plant-based market.

Paleo and keto diets branded “least sustainable” in a new report

New Food Magazine 

Keto and paleo diets scored the lowest overall nutritional quality and have some of the highest carbon emissions, a new report suggests. 

Cubiq Foods and Cargill harness novel fats for plant-based foods

Nutritional Outlook

Cargill is partnering with food-tech firm Cubiq Foods on fat technology for plant-based foods that replicate the appearance and texture of animal-based fats. With this partnership, Cargill can now use Cubiq’s fat technology to help customers develop better plant-based alternative products.

New study reveals four of five food giants are over-reliant on unhealthy lines

The Grocer 

The findings of a new analysis have shown that four in five of the world’s biggest food manufacturers are over-reliant on sales of unhealthy food.  

Oysters harvested in Florida linked to Salmonella outbreak in three states 

Food Safety News 

A Salmonella outbreak associated with the consumption of raw oysters harvested from shellfish harvesting area FL-3012 in Cedar Key, FL, is being investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Florida Department of Health. 

Kellogg, Post Holdings, and General Mills threaten legal action over FDA healthy label proposals

Just Food

The trio of Kellogg, Post Holdings, and General Mills have said the FDA’s proposals to tighten rules on what can be labeled healthy would violate their first amendment right. They noted that the proposal would exclude over 95% of the “major ready-to-eat cereals” from being labeled as healthy.

Oats Overnight raises $20 million in funding

Baking Business 

Oats Overnight, a manufacturer of high-protein oatmeal that is prepped at night and ready by the morning, has raised $20 million in Series A funding. The firm plans to use the funds to build an 85,000-square-foot production and fulfillment center and further expansion. 

ADM partners with Marel on new innovation center


ADM has entered a joint venture agreement with Marel, a provider of advanced food processing solutions, to build an innovation center for creating new alternative protein products.


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