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World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) is calling for all breakfast cereal manufacturers to universally reduce salt and sugar content after a global cereal study revealed major differences found in the same branded breakfast cereals sold around the world.
Tyson Foods appears to be the first big meat company to invest in a business that, among other things, aims to reduce consumption of chicken, beef and pork by replacing it with plant proteins.
Unlike South Africa where the terms are simply outlawed in food labelling, the US FDA is on a mission to define the two terms, "healthy" or "natural", which companies routinely print on food-drinks packaging in hopes they will entice sales.
German drug and crop chemical maker, Bayer, last week clinched a $66-billion takeover of US seeds company, Monsanto, ending months of price wrangling. Reaction to the deal - the largest all-cash deal on record - has been largely rude...
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