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FDA Issues New Rules for Fruit and Vegetable Production

The US government releases long-awaited guidelines for how produce is grown, harvested, and packed.

The first federal standards for how fruit and vegetables are grown, harvested, and packed were released last week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These guidelines include the safety of water in irrigation, farmer hygiene, and managing the fecal matter from wild and domesticated animals. Although many produce growers already abide by these new expectations, it is the first major overhaul of the food-safety system in decades. "A rising tide lifts all boats, and everybody is going to have a minimum standard they’ll have to abide by," Jim Gorny, a vice president for the Produce Marketing Association, told The Washington Post. "This is certainly a big step forward." An estimated 48 million Americans become sick from contaminated food every year, including several thousand deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Tyson to Launch Plant-Based Meal Bowls

The meat company is disrupting itself to stay competitive as consumer habits shift toward animal-free foods.
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Pregnant Sisters Launch Vegan Dessert Sushi Brand

Vegan Rice Krispies Treats stand-in for sushi rice, and gelatin-free candies replace fish in creations made by sisters Kasia Mierzejewska and Emilia Augustyn for their allergen-free brand Sweet Sushi Factory.
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PG Tips Creates New Tea Aimed at Vegan Consumers

The nearly 90-year-old tea brand formulated a new blend that pairs perfectly with plant-based milk.
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Australia's First Vegan Hotel Restaurant Opens in March

New eatery Alibi—featuring a menu developed by vegan restaurateur Matthew Kenney—will occupy the ground floor of Ovolo Hotel in Sydney.
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Miami's Plant-Based SEED Food & Wine Festival Debuts in LA

SEED and Eat Drink Vegan will join forces this year to bring an epic vegan festival to Los Angeles.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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