Atlanta, GA—Data on outbreaks of foodborne illness occurring in 2008 in the United States have been finalized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and released in a report. Officially titled “Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks—United States, 2008,” and appearing in an edition of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the document indicates that for the most recent year with complete disease data, 1,034 separate foodborne outbreaks were reported.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now has broader authority to levy fees for the re-inspection of imported food. The new fee structure comes as a result of certain sections of the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and some parties fear it may result in burdensome fees for small companies and in higher food prices.

The road to good health starts during childhood when good habits for optimal wellness are formed. But, any parent can tell you that embedding these behaviors in a child isn’t always easy.

Lots of things are hard to do on an empty stomach, and thinking is foremost among them. For one thing, you can’t keep your mind off finding something to eat. Worse still is that without the proper dietary nutrients in sufficient quantities, the brain will have trouble doing much at all, period. For this reason, consumers are looking to power up their brains while they chow down.

Natural AloeWater and CocoWater have been introduced by Exotic Food Co., Ltd., and are distributed by Banner Wholesale Grocers. Made with real aloe vera pulp and juice, AloeWater is a natural detox drink that contains no preservatives, gluten or fat. CocoWater is made with green coconut and is rich in electrolytes, providing natural rehydration. Varieties include AloeWater plus Pineapple and CocoWater plus Mango.

Natural gingerbread cookies have been added to the Hannah’s Naturals line from Madrona Specialty Foods. Cutout gingerbread boy and gingerbread house shapes join a variety of other hand-decorated cookies. Each is designed with bright colors and eye-catching features, and can make festive gifts and great party favors, according to the company.

The Red Leopard Tea Co. unveils USDA-Certified Organic Rooibos Tea in four varieties: Bush Natural, Green Tea, Swazi Vanilla and Zulu Peach. Each tea is caffeine free, and contains nutrients such as vitamin C. It is derived from the rooibos bush, which only grows in the Cedarberg region of South Africa where the tea is harvested. The packaging is designed to create support for the Cape Leopard Trust, which helps protect that endangered species in this region.

New England Natural Bakers has added Organic Ancient Grains Granola and Probiotic Raspberry Almond Granola to its product offerings. Organic Ancient grains is an option for those who are wheat-sensitive, and is fortified with omegas-3 and -6. Probiotic Raspberry Almond Granola supports the immune system and helps promote digestive health. These two new varieties are kosher and certified Whole Grain by the Whole Grains Council.

Click has created protein drinks in four flavors that are said to be delicious and nutritious. The flavors are mocha, mocha natural, vanilla latte and vanilla latte natural. At 120 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 15 grams of protein per serving, these drinks offer satiety without allowing a large amount of calories or fat into one’s diet. They are a good source of many vitamins and minerals.

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