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Salt, vulgar name boycott, deadly cantaloupes, gluten-free sales – news to October 2 2011

Despite urging from government and health groups, most USA consumers are not concerned about salt intake. A boycott is called for Ben & Jerry’s “Schweddy Balls” ice cream because of its vulgar name. The listeria outbreak in cantaloupes is the deadliest food outbreak in the United States in more than a decade. Sales of gluten-free products have been booming.

Lobby groups hamper GM foods take-up in Europe Sep-26-11 FoodNavigator-USA
Anti-GMO groups are hugely influential on policy making in the EU and are threatening public acceptance of the technology in the bloc, new research suggests. The researchers also found that some developing countries resist GM crops, even though they might benefit from the reduced crop losses and increased yields of GM technology, because they would not find a ready market in Europe.

Sustainable packaging demand increased Sep-26-11 NewHope 360
According to the Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based business research company, demand for sustainable packaging is projected to increase 3.9 percent annually, creating a $41.7 billion market by 2014.

59% of USA consumers not concerned about salt intake Sep-27-11 FoodNavigator-USA
A study by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) found that 59% of 1,003 US adults surveyed were not concerned about their sodium intake. Another survey by Mintel found that 49% of 754 US adults believed they were already doing everything they could to achieve a healthy diet.

Mars Inc. Maltesers now Fairtrade Sep-27-11 just-food.com
Mars Inc is to sell its first Fairtrade product after deciding to move its Maltesers brand to the ethical certification, selling Fairtrade Maltesers in the UK and Ireland next year. Mars said the use of Fairtrade for Maltesers would provide farmers in west Africa with over US$1m a year in “Fairtrade Premium” funds.

Ice cream boycott for vulgar name Sep-27-11 Food Channel
The national conservative group known as One Million Moms is calling for a boycott of Ben & Jerry’s “Schweddy Balls” ice cream, as it is “not exactly what you want a child asking for at the supermarket.”

Vegan strip club Sep-27-11 Guardian UK
The world’s first vegan strip club opens in Portland, Oregon. The naked women draw the men in, says the owner, which, in turn, means they will learn to love vegan food.

Anderson Cooper tries coffee and spinach for the first time Sep-28-11 HuffPost Food
A picky eater, he hates all hot beverages and has never tried most green vegetables. “It just seems so watery,” he complained before taking a sip of coffee. Then he tried some spinach which he called “gross” and “slithery.”

Deadliest food outbreak in the USA in a decade Sep-28-11 HuffPost Denver
Federal health officials said Wednesday more illnesses and possibly more deaths may be linked to an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe in coming weeks. So far, the outbreak has caused at least 72 illnesses – including up to 16 deaths – in 18 states, making it the deadliest food outbreak in the United States in more than a decade.

Gluten-free product sales increase Sep-29-11 Reuters
Sales of gluten-free products have been booming despite the weak U.S. economy. Health advocates and gluten-free celebrities such as 2011 U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic, Chelsea Clinton and TV host Elisabeth Hasselbeck have helped drive demand by raising awareness about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

Vegetarian Awareness Month – October Oct-1-11 HuffPost Food
Vegetarian Awareness Month kicks off with World Vegetarian Day on October 1. This slideshow feature 32 vegetarian or vegan celebrities.

Foods to avoid with gallbladder problems Oct-2-11 WebMD
Try to avoid or limit these high-fat foods in your diet: Fried foods; Highly processed foods (doughnuts, pie, cookies); Whole-milk dairy products (cheese, ice cream, butter); Fatty red meat

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