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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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Canada's Senate Passes Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

Cruel cosmetic testing on animals may soon become a thing of the past in Canada.
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Month-Long Vegan Festival Kicks Off in London

V For festival will hosts events featuring vegan food, cruelty-free fashion, art, and fitness throughout the month of August.
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Vegan Cheese Sales Spike by 45 Percent in 52 Weeks

Consumer research firm Nielsen reveals new consumer statistics, including that African-Americans are 48 percent more likely than the average American consumer to purchase vegan food.
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Sting Operation Seizes 43 Metric Tons of Wild-Animal Meat

International police agency Interpol uncovered illegal trade of animal products—including two polar bear carcasses—in 92 countries during a month-long operation.
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Vegan Just Egg Expands to Washington DC

Food technology startup JUST expands its vegan mung bean-based scrambled egg replacer to Equinox, the second restaurant to offer the innovative product in the United States.
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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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