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Friday Food News Feed

Here at JollyTomato headquarters, we’re reading lots of fascinating food news every week… and we’re still trying to come up with a good name for our weekly news round-up. We’re going to go with Friday Food News “Feed” today and see how it goes.  So without further ado, we give you some of the most interesting food news stories we’ve seen since last Friday:

Food Dyes: As of Tuesday in the European Union, most foods containing artificial food dyes are required to carry a warning label, according to Food Safety News. Will the U.S. be next?

Red, red apple: Under the category of “foods that look like they have dye but do not,” a new breed of apple (developed through cross-pollination and grafting) is red all the way to the core. Supporters say the Redlove apple tastes great and is actually better for you because the red flesh contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties. But will kids think it’s cool… or scary?

Child Nutrition Act: We are still waiting for Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, which sets policy for U.S. child meal programs such as school lunches. If the bill is not reauthorized, it could be the second year in a row the legislation is extended without extra funding. That’s bad news for schools because they’re going to need more money to meet new nutrition standards that call for healthier (and more expensive) foods. The reauthorization process moves at a glacial pace, but when the next big thing happens we’ll let you know.

Kids’ Food Industry: Growing health awareness, time constraints and the demand for functional and convenience foods is driving growth and development of the kids’ food and beverage market, pushing total sales to nearly $90 billion in 2015, according to Global Industry Analysts. That’s a lot of goldfish, folks.

Five-Second Rule: A new study declares the “five-second rule” (the rule that you can eat something you’ve dropped on the floor if you pick it up within five seconds) to be a bunch of baloney. Other studies, however, say it matters what kind of surface it falls on (sidewalk=OK; kitchen floor=bad).

Food System: If you’d like to see a single graphic that depicts our entire global food system, and all of the global interconnections among food, agriculture, water, energy, soil, and humans, click here (via Michael Pollan). Can we get it in poster form?

Worst Kids’ Meals: Sigh. Do you really need to see more of this? It’s kind of like a car accident – you know it’s going to be bad, but curiosity gets the best of you and you have to look. This time Yahoo’s Shine rounds up the 25 worst kids’ meals from national chains. Go ahead – you can look.

Post-McDonald’s Era: Speaking of chain restaurants, some former McDonald’s executives are planning to launch a new “healthful, fast-casual” restaurant chain with an environmentally friendly feel. The menu will feature items like steel-cut oats and pita pockets for breakfast; the decor will include rooftop herb gardens and biodegradable cutlery. Watch for openings in early 2011. Who knows; maybe it’ll be the Next Big Thing.

Friday Food Flop: Yet another reason to look forward to Fridays: Kelly the Kitchen Kop has started a “Friday Food Flop” feature. We’ve had more than a few food flops in our day; we’ll look forward to reading about some other than our own.

Happy Friday to all!

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