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St. Joseph’s hospital looks to partner with local farmers to give patients fresh food

St. Joseph’s Health Care London is calling out for local farmers and food growers who can supply fresh and locally sourced produce for its inpatients and residents.

The London, Ont., hospital is hoping to hear from farmers about their business and capabilities to determine what local growers can provide through a request for information (RFI) that will help structure a deal that will benefit the whole community.

It’s the first step to figuring out a long-term plan that will eventually pave out details that include, but aren’t limited to, the products that can be grown and how to manage orders and deliveries.

“We’re looking to build a connection with our local producers and farmers to try and be able to get more of our produce from those who are right around us in the community,” said Lindsay Botnick, director of food and nutrition services (FNS) at St. Joseph’s.

“By doing it this way, we’re doing our best to reach some of those growers and farmers that maybe haven’t always had that connection with hospitals but are just down the road from us.”

St.  Joseph's wants farmers to offer their insights on how to best meet the communities needs and develop a plan that will benefit everyone in the community
St. Joseph’s wants farmers to offer their insights on how to best meet the communities needs and develop a plan that will benefit everyone in the community (Submitted by St. Joseph’s Health Care London )

The initiative is part of the national Nourish Project, which includes St. Joseph’s FNS team and six other organizations across the country. It seeks to improve the environment through reducing waste, buying local, and better food sustainability practices.

“We’re always trying to nourish our patients and making sure they have the variety of food and vegetables because food is healing,” Botnick said. “There’s a difference in taste when you get something locally [grown]so we’re trying to have that quality as best as we can.”

Focus on local economy and patient health needs

Botnick said the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having reliable connections close to home as the community reinvests in itself.

The method allows farmers to offer their insights on how to best meet the community’s needs, said Toby O’Hara, general manager of Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS).

HMMS is a joint venture between St. Joseph’s and the London Health Sciences Center which oversees the functions of its contracts and inventory.

“The worst thing we can do is create a contract based on what we think we want and it excludes the capabilities of our local growers, so the approach we’re taking on this one is being open minded and asking them about their operations,” said O’Hara.

Toby O'Hara is the general manager of Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS), a joint venture between St.  Joseph's and the London Health Sciences Center which oversees the functions of its contracts and inventory.
Toby O’Hara is the general manager of Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS), a joint venture between St. Joseph’s and the London Health Sciences Center which oversees the functions of its contracts and inventory. (Submitted by St. Joseph’s Health Care London)

O’Hara noted that in the past, the hospital would work with a food distribution company, who would offload mostly frozen food or pre-packaged food, with some local fresh produce.

“The way we’ve always done things hasn’t necessarily resulted in the best outcomes and this really focuses on the local economy and health needs of patients,” he said.

The RFI is available through the Ontario Tenders Portal until Sept. 1. Potential suppliers are invited to ask any questions about what the hospital is looking for, how they can respond, and any other inquiries they may have.

Once the questions are submitted, HMMS will answer it in a singular format that everyone who is involved can see in August, after which it will take the information and work with St. Joseph’s to create a contract later this year.

Questions can be directed to [email protected] or 519-453-7888 ext. 62300.

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Are the best-before dates on food necessary? Some food charities say it’s time to reevaluate

People may have the wrong idea about best-before dates on their favorite foods.

And now, there is a call on the government to reevaluate whether best-before dates on foods are even necessary.

John Bailey, the CEO of the Regina Food Bank, said best-before dates are often twined with expiry dates, but the two are very different.

“The idea of ​​a best-before date is about peak freshness and quality control,” Bailey explained. “(With) expiry dates, once it is surpassed, you start to run into potential issues with contamination and the food not being healthy.

Bailey said with best-before dates, depending on the food, there is a great grace period when foods are actually okay to eat.

“Anywhere from a few weeks to several months to even a year or so beyond is when you can still sort of safely … enjoy the food that is past the best-before date.”

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For items such as dairy, produce and meat, however, the food can quickly go downhill after the best-before date. Bailey said the safest way to check is to smell the food rather than taste-testing it.

Second Harvest, a Food Rescue Charity in Canada, is raising the alarm on the misconception between best-before dates and expiry dates.

They say the issue is leading to unnecessary food waste and food insecurity. And now, they are calling on the federal government to address it.

“People are throwing food away and people are struggling to put food on their tables, but people are still throwing it away because they think it’s a food safety issue and it’s simply not,” Lori Nikkel, Second Harvest CEO said when discussing best-before dates.

Nickel said the issue isn’t only happening at a household level, but at all levels of the production train.

“It’s across the supply chain and it’s trailer loads of food being dumped because of an arbitrary best-before date,” she said.

With rising inflation, Bailey said more people than ever are turning to food banks, so any change to the best before date is a win for them.

“We live in a country that produces more than enough food for every citizen, yet we have seven or eight million people who are facing food insecurity on a daily basis,” Bailey said. “Anything we can do to eliminate waste and get good quality food into people’s hands is bound to be helpful.”

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Nickel said Second Harvest isn’t calling for the removal of best-before dates, but rather a re-examination of what foods require them — something she argues should only be said of a handful of foods, including those that expire.

“We’re asking the government to investigate this,” Nickel said. “Nobody is advocating for people to eat bad foods. What we would like to do is remove the best-before dates on foods that don’t require it.”


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Food inflation in other nations: Where Canada ranks

Many Canadians are struggling to adjust spending habits at the grocery store as food inflation continues to bring sticker shock at the checkout.

On a global scale however, Canadian food prices are surprisingly among the lowest, according to one study.

A report published in May by e-commerce platform Ubuy compared Canadian food inflation rates to the US, UK, Australia and the European Union. Gathering data from three separate timeframes over the past 12 months, three years and five years, researchers were able to find food inflation ranges differently among several nations.

Globally, the report found on average food inflation increased by 18.2 per cent in the last 12 months, 30.8 per cent in the last three years and 36.3 per cent in the last five.

The UK and European Union saw the highest inflation spike with both seeing a jump of 19.6 per cent over the last 12 months. The country with the highest reported food inflation was Hungary with an increase of 45.1 per cent during the 12-month period. conversely, the nation with the lowest food inflation was the EU nation of Cyprus, which saw an increase of 6.1 per cent.

HOW DOES CANADA COMPARE?

Despite Canadian food prices reaching new heights in 2022, in comparison to other nations, Canada ranks the second lowest nation in the world for food inflation rate, according to the report.

Over the last 12 months, Canada reported an increase of 8.9 per cent, nearly 10 per cent less than the global average. The report shows an average increase of 21 per cent was seen over the last three years and a 25.1 per cent increase was reported in the last five years.

According to the report, grocery store items that saw the highest price increased were edible oils, excluding olive oil, which jumped 19.3 per cent in 12 months and more than 50 per cent in five years.

Pasta products also increased by 14.2 per cent in 12 months and 37.1 per cent in five years.

In comparison, products like bread, eggs, cheese and butter saw the highest increase globally, with Slovakia seeing the largest price increase on eggs in the last 12 months. Canada reported an increase of 11.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, the US was ranked the nation with the lowest overall food price inflation with the country reporting an increase of 8.5 per cent in 12 months, 24.1 per cent in three years and 26.4 per cent in five years, according to the report.

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Ubuy’s report gathered data in April 2023 from countries in the European Union, UK, as well as the US, Australia and Canada. The report includes data on products considered essential in a typical household’s grocery basket. Inflation in prices was calculated as a relative percentage difference between the average index value in 2023, compared to the average index value in the same period of 2022 (12-month inflation), 2019 (inflation since the pandemic), and 2018 (five year inflation). Annual index values ​​were aggregated using the mean average of the respective price index values ​​across a given year. For 2023, the average index value is based on price indices for the first 3 months of the year. To estimate which products went up in price the most, the average per cent increase in index value was taken across all the countries in the dataset.

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About HGTV’s Dave And Jenny Marrs

You probably know Dave and Jenny Marrs from their show Fixer to Fabulous on HGTV, where the couple restores old houses in their hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. They also competed in the series Rock the Blocks. But there’s so much more to this husband-and-wife duo. For example, did you know they’re basically modern homesteaders? (More on that below).

We sat down with them to get the full scoop on their home life, and here are some of the most surprising things we found out.

There’s one appliance they can’t live without—a coffeemaker.

It isn’t just any old drip coffee maker, either. It’s the Bosch Built-In Coffee Machine, which makes anything from a black cup of coffee to cappuccinos and lattes, all at the push of a button. While it has a steep price, they’re all for splurging on an appliance if it makes your life better.

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“When I turn on the coffee maker, I smile,” said Dave. And they put it to use, too. In just over nine years, they say it’s brewed over 18,000 cups of coffee. (Yes, it has a counter that keeps track). They’re also fans of the French press and Nespresso machines.

And on that note, you can probably guess that they’re pretty big coffee drinkers.

“I can drink a cup of coffee at 9 pm and then go to sleep,” said Dave, who prefers his coffee black. Jenny, on the other hand, prefers hers with cream.

They mill their own grains.

Jenny bought Dave a mill for Christmas, and ever since he’s been grinding their own grains. He’ll grind durum wheat into semolina for pasta and einkorn to make homemade bread. “We make a lot of our own food from scratch,” said Dave. Did we mention they’re also beekeepers? There’s nothing like homemade honey and freshly-baked bread.

The Marrses have a lot of animals.

From sheep and alpacas to cows and a donkey, the Marrs family has a whole menagerie. “I can’t rank them. That’s like asking me to rank my children,” said Jenny, who takes care of the sheep. “Our alpaca is a diva,” added Dave. And since they don’t have a horse, their daughter puts a pink saddle on their miniature donkey.

Dave does most of the cooking at home.

But this isn’t because Jenny doesn’t like to cook; she just likes to have the time to do it without being rushed. “She is a great cook,” said Dave. “But she needs to have several hours, several glasses of wine and just take her time and make it an experience.”

On the other hand, Dave likes to throw things together for a quick dinner, which is probably why he isn’t keen on cleaning as he goes, like Jenny. “My grandmother always said to cook or bake properly, you got to make a mess,” he added.

Jenny revealed her favorite color for the kitchen.

When it comes to the kitchen, Jenny’s favorite paint color is Farrow & Ball’s Drop Cloth. “It’s just a very neutral, beautiful, soft color that is really nice for kitchens,” she said. And new paint, next to hardware and lighting, is one of the easiest ways to refresh a kitchen, she added.

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FSSAI accepts states’ ‘nahi’ to ‘dahi’ | India News

CHENNAI: Drawing flak from the southern states, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India issued on Thursday a revised notification to say that food business operators may use the term “curd” along with any other prevalent common name in a regional language, such as “thayir”, “mosaru”, “zaamut daud” or “dahi”, in brackets on the labels of curd packets sold in those states.
The revision follows a strong backlash from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala to a notification issued on January 11 on FSSAI’s conditions regarding the labeling of curd in Hindi. It had asked state agencies, including Aavin of Tamil Nadu and Nandini of Karnataka, to use “dahi” instead of “thayir” or “mosaru” on curd packets. Thursday’s FSSAI notification acknowledged that “many representations” had been received.

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin had slammed the instruction as “unabashed Hindi imposition” on the southern states and had cautioned that forces guilty of such “brazen disregard to our mother tongues” would be “banished from the South forever”.
Former Karnataka IPS officer and TN BJP chief K Annamalai, too, had written to FSSAI demanding that the order be rolled back.
On Thursday, Annamalai welcomed the new notification from FSSAI.

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[POPULER FOOD] Global Food Trends | 8 Drink Recipes to Lower Cholesterol Page all

KOMPAS.com – Drink recipes for cholesterol are included in one of the most read news on Food Kompas.com from January 2-4, 2023.

Apart from that, other news that has also received attention is related to predictions of global food trends in 2023.

Two of the news included in the top five most popular news related to the legendary eating places in Tasikmalaya and the sweet and sour omelet recipe.

For more details, here are the most popular news Food Kompas.com from January 2-4, 2023.

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1. Tomato Juice Recipe to Lower Cholesterol, Add Apples and Oranges

You can enjoy various menus of fresh drinks made from processed fruit, after enjoying grilled menus such as thinly sliced ​​beef, chicken, and various seafood at the New Year’s party.

A combination of apples, oranges and tomatoes, you can make a drink that lowers cholesterol in the body.

Check out the tomato juice recipe to lower cholesterol here.

2. Eight Drink Recipes to Lower Body Cholesterol Levels According to New Year’s Parties

After enjoying various processed meat menus in large quantities, cholesterol levels in the body may increase. It is better to limit the amount of meat consumed.

Also read: Carrot Smoothies Recipe, Low Cholesterol Dessert

One of them is to enjoy drinks with the main ingredients of fruit and seeds.

Kompas.com summarize, a series of fresh drink recipes that you can try to help lower body cholesterol.

Learn more here.

3. Eight Predictions of Global Food Trends in 2023, What Are They?

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Entering the new year, various predictions of global food trends for 2023 have been released again.

Food trends, ranging from interest in traditional dishes to minimal waste offerings, are predicted to increase globally in 2023.

Reported from New York Times And Spoon Universitysee the following eight predictions of global food trends for 2023.

Check out predictions for global food trends for 2023 here.

4. Seven Legendary Dining Places in Tasikmalaya, There’s Mie Bakso Laksana

Culinary in Tasikmalaya there are various and not only Sundanese specialties. You can go on culinary tours to various legendary eating places in Tasikmalaya.

Also read: Recipe for Orek Tempe Long Beans, Warteg Style Meal Side Dishes

There are the famous meatball noodles, kupat tahu, tutug oncom (TO) rice, and fried chicken. This legendary culinary Tasikmalaya is suitable to be enjoyed with the family, because it is famous for its delicious taste.

Here are the recommendations here.

Eggs can always be a mainstay for saving money on food shopping. Eggs are a nutritious protein, inexpensive, delicious, and easy to process.

Also read: Fried Chicken Recipe, Fragrant Aroma Appetizing

Bored with the same processed eggs, try cooking a sweet and sour omelet.

This recipe from Serving Sedap is suitable for children’s school lunches or office supplies because it’s easy to cook.

Learn more about the sweet and sour omelet recipe here.

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Who owes IDR 1.2 trillion to ID Food and hasn’t paid yet?

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Holding BUMN Food, ID Food, apparently has bad debts of IDR 1.2 trillion. These receivables are being billed regularly.

“Our focus is also to collect bad debts of approximately IDR 1.2 trillion,” said Main Director of ID Food Frans Marganda Tambunan at Commission VI Hearings (RDP) DPR RI, Tuesday (24/1/2023).

Marganda revealed that these receivables are very important to support ID Food’s working capital, especially this year.

Sugar self-sufficiency, ID Food Boosts Production of 400 Thousand Tons in 2025 (CNBC Indonesia TV)Photo: Self-sufficiency in Sugar, ID Food Boosts Production of 400 Thousand Tons in 2025 (CNBC Indonesia TV)
Sugar self-sufficiency, ID Food Boosts Production of 400 Thousand Tons in 2025 (CNBC Indonesia TV)

“Hopefully it can help our working capital. This means we don’t have working capital but we have a lot of money outside. Receivables are from fellow BUMNs, there are also private ones,” he said.

A number of programs are being launched by ID Food this year. For example boosting sugar production. In 2022, ID Food’s sugar production did not disappoint. The amount of sugarcane milled is 3.96 thousand tons in 2022.

“This figure has grown 14% from 2021, 3.4 thousand tons,” he said.

Meanwhile, the productivity of sugar cane farming in 2022 will reach 78 tonnes/ha, up 5.83% from last year which was only 73.7 tonnes/ha. On the other hand, sugar production rose 3.91% to 263,155 tons in 2022.

But unfortunately, the yield or content of sugar in sugarcane stalks reportedly decreased from the previous year, which was only around 6.61% from last year’s 7.26%. This is caused by the impact of the weather which often rains.

Even so, ID FOOD estimates that this year’s yield of sugarcane will be higher because this year’s weather is expected to be hotter. So that it can increase sugar production and support This year’s demand for sugar consumption reached 3.2 million tons.

Hearing about Rp 1.2 trillion in bad debts, Rieke Diah Pitaloka, Member of Commission VI of the DPR RI, asked for data on who had to be billed. He also asked the Leaders of Commission VI of the DPR to audit this matter.

We are asking for detailed data on the Rp 1.2 trillion debt, Sir, in Commission VI you can help collect it in the courtroom. At least go to BUMN Mr. The Rp 1.2 trillion burden from the old management was no joke. The solution is not to ask for PMN again. Therefore, I propose to the leadership for an investigative audit of this matter as well,” said Rieke.

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