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GMOs Explained

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(Family Features) Many consumers are curious to learn more about the purpose and safety of GMOs.

“GMO” is a common term used to describe foods made from organisms (plants, microorganisms and animals) that have been created using technology called genetic engineering. Genetic engineering allows scientists to copy a gene with a desired trait from one organism and put it into another.

Purpose of GMOs

Humans have modified crops and animals to suit their needs and tastes for thousands of years. Crossbreeding, selective breeding and mutation breeding are examples of traditional ways to make these genetic changes, and they have been used to create crops like modern corn varieties and seedless watermelon. These methods often involve mixing all the genes from two different sources. For example, today’s strawberries are a cross between a strawberry species native to North America and a strawberry species native to South America.

Modern technology allows scientists to use genetic engineering to take a specific beneficial gene, like insect resistance or drought tolerance, and transfer it into a plant without also transferring undesirable genes, which sometimes occurs in traditional plant breeding. The reasons for genetic modification today are similar to what they were thousands of years ago: higher crop yields, less crop loss, longer storage life, better appearance, better nutrition or a combination of these traits.

Some GMO plants have been modified to improve their nutritional value. An example is GMO soybeans with healthier oils – higher oleic acid – that can be used to replace oils containing trans fats. Scientists are continuing to look for new ways to develop foods with increased nutritional value and other useful traits.

Safety of GMOs

Multiple agencies within the United States government work to regulate GMOs, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Each agency plays a part in ensuring GMOs are safe for human, plant and animal health. For example, the FDA makes sure foods from the GMOs it regulates meet the same safety standards as the non-GMO version. The three agencies also monitor the impact of GMOs on the environment.

Research shows GMO foods currently on the market are no more likely to cause allergic reactions than non-GMO versions of the same foods. Most food allergies are caused by allergens found in just nine foods: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, sesame, shellfish and fish.

The way GMOs are created allows scientists to know precisely which new proteins are produced in a plant. Scientists perform tests to make sure these new proteins are not allergens. This type of testing, called allergenicity testing, is always part of the process for developing GMOs. As part of this testing, developers consider whether any substances added to the food have characteristics of allergens, such as whether they come from an allergenic source.

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Learn more about GMOs and their impact on your health at fda.gov/feedyourmind.

Updated Food Labeling

Certain types of GMOs have a disclosure that lets you know if the food is a bioengineered food. Bioengineered food is the term that Congress used to describe certain types of GMOs when they passed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard.

The Standard establishes requirements for labeling foods that humans eat that are or may be bioengineered and defines bioengineered foods as those that contain detectable genetic material that has been modified through certain lab techniques and cannot be created through conventional breeding or found in nature.

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SING A CHEESY NEW TUNE WITH THE RELEASE OF “BLOCK JAMS” FROM TILLAMOOK®

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Dairy Co-Op Drops Album of Cheddar-Inspired Tracks by TikTok Creators That You Never Knew You Needed

TILLAMOOK /PRNewswire/ — Big Game viewers are encouraged to turn up their snack games with Tillamook’s bold cheddar slices, shreds, and blocks, all while munching along to “Block Jams,” a compilation of cheddar tracks that will literally get eaters everywhere singing a cheesy new tune.

The creative campaign is the first-ever Big Game advertisement from the beloved dairy co-op, Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA). A modern (and more delicious) take on the classic CD infomercial, the spot was developed by TCCA in partnership with creative agency 72andSunny Los Angeles. “Block Jams” features three TikTok creators dropping bold and epic music tracks inspired by their favorite Tillamook Cheddar products:

“This campaign is about helping consumers to make the best possible choice for their game day spreads and hopefully we’re bringing a little joy through the power of music at the same time,” said Kate Boltin, Vice President, Brand Marketing, TCCA. “The ear-worm tracks on Block Jams, that we are so honored to have partnered on with these talented creators, not only underscore our uncompromising brand commitment to quality standards, but are meant to be fun reminders as shoppers peruse the grocery store aisles too.”

While some tune in for the game, food is *actually* the #1 reason most people gather on football’s favorite Sunday1. Knowing that food is the real MVP, TCCA is making bold moves to ensure that consumers Big Game snacks are a touchdown. TCCA’s delicious dairy products are made the right way – without shortcuts or compromises – from the brand’s uncompromising standards to carefully sourced ingredients and making products with care, Tillamook Cheddar makes every bite the grate-est bite ever. 

“Tillamook Cheddar is so good, it needed to be celebrated. Musically! So, we tapped the TikTok creator community to bring their fresh and unexpected takes on Tillamook Cheddar with songs of love and dairy devotion,” said 72andSunny.

Tillamook’s “Block Jams” is running across connected TV, digital video, social, audio, and out of home. Cheddar and music enthusiasts alike can tune in at tillamook.com/block-jams. The spot will be running in 22 local markets during Music’s Biggest Night on February 5 and the Big Game on February 12.

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Block Jams is not sold in stores, but Tillamook Cheddar is. Tillamook products are available at major retailers nationwide. Find products at a store near you at Tillamook.com

About Tillamook County Creamery Association Founded in 1909 as a farmer-owned cooperative, Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) recently achieved the distinction as a Certified B Corporation® (B Corp™) and prides itself on its commitment to bringing to market the most consistent, best tasting, highest quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible. Guided by the belief that everyone deserves real food that makes them feel good every day, Tillamook® produces internationally recognized, award-winning cheese as well as exceptional ice cream, butter, cream cheese spreads, yogurt, and sour cream, made with unwavering values that never sacrifice or compromise quality for profit. TCCA is owned by a group of farming families, primarily based in Tillamook County, Oregon. TCCA operates production facilities in Tillamook and Boardman, Oregon and employs more than 900 people throughout the state. The Tillamook Creamery is the largest tourist attraction on the coast of Oregon and one of the most popular in the state, attracting more than one million visitors each year. For more information on TCCA and Tillamook, visit Tillamook.com

1 https://swnsdigital.com/us/2020/01/majority-of-people-enjoy-the-food-more-than-the-football-game-at-a-super-bowl-party/

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Today is ‘NATIONAL HOT CHOCOLATE DAY!’

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Each year on January 31st, National Hot Chocolate Day warms up people across the country by celebrating the timeless cold-weather beverage.

January 31, 2023 is National Hot Chocolate Day

Hot chocolate, also known as hot cocoa or drinking chocolate, is a heated drink consisting of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and usually a sweetener like whipped cream or marshmallows. Hot chocolate made with melted chocolate is sometimes called drinking chocolate, characterized by less sweetness and a thicker consistency.

The first chocolate drink is believed to have been created by the Maya around 2,500–3,000 years ago, and a cocoa drink was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD, by which they referred to as xocōlātl.[2] The drink became popular in Europe after being introduced from Mexico in the New World and has undergone multiple changes since then. Until the 19th century, hot chocolate was used medicinally to treat ailments such as liver and stomach diseases.

Hot chocolate is consumed throughout the world and comes in multiple variations, including the spiced chocolate para mesa of Latin America, the very thick cioccolata calda served in Italy and chocolate a la taza served in Spain, and the thinner hot cocoa consumed in the United States. Prepared hot chocolate can be purchased from a range of establishments, including cafeteriasfast food restaurantscoffeehouses and teahouses. Powdered hot chocolate mixes, which can be added to boiling water or hot milk to make the drink at home, are sold at grocery stores and online. (wikipedia)

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Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_chocolate

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La Brea Bakery Closes Flagship Los Angeles and Downtown Disney Café locations

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La Brea Bakery Café locations closed permanently on January 9th; the company is supporting employees through the transition process and turning business focus to grocery stores.

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — La Brea Bakery Café locations in Los Angeles and Downtown Disney District in Anaheim closed permanently this morning. The company has made the strategic decision to exit the restaurant business and continue its focus on growing the La Brea Bakery business through retail grocery and foodservice locations. Employees at the Los Angeles and Downtown Disney Café locations were informed of the closures on January 9th, 2023, while the Aspire Bakeries Human Resources team began working directly with employees that are impacted by the closures to ease the transition.

“We are so thankful and hold a tremendous amount of appreciation for our employees, and for our customers who have frequented La Brea Bakery Café over the years. Our flagship Café location on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles is where the La Brea Bakery magic started 34 years ago. These humble beginnings are an integral part of the brand history, and we will forever be grateful to the local community for their support over the years,” said Tyson Yu, CEO of Aspire Bakeries, which owns La Brea Bakery. “While we will no longer be operating the Cafés in Los Angeles or at Disneyland Resort, you can still find our delicious La Brea Bakery artisan breads in your local grocery in-store bakery and at other locations that serve artisan breads.” The franchised La Brea Bakery kiosks in the Reno International Airport (Nevada) and JFK Airport (New York) will remain open.

A local favorite in the Los Angeles community since 1989, La Brea Bakery artisan breads are the cornerstone of Aspire Bakeries’ thriving artisan bread business. La Brea Bakery has a long history that started at a restaurant on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, evolving into the #1 artisan bread brand nationally. Still crafted using our original custom sourdough starter, the La Brea Bakery recipe has not changed in 34 years. In fact, our bread makers have maintained the same artisan techniques since 1989, with no compromises. Our quality ingredients and processes give our breads the hallmark flavor, texture and crust expected from authentic artisan bread, continuing the brand legacy.

La Brea Bakery artisan practices are our commitment to our loyal customers and our community. With our headquarters in Los Angeles, we bake artisan bread every day at our bakeries in California and New Jersey to meet needs across the country, and we look forward to the continued growth of our thriving grocery and foodservice business.

Impacted Locations:

  • La Brea Bakery Café (Flagship), 468 La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California
  • La Brea Bakery Café at Downtown Disney District, 1556 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California

About La Brea Bakery

La Brea Bakery is North America’s No.1 artisan bread brand. Since 1989, La Brea Bakery has focused on crafting true artisan bread with its original recipe, high quality ingredients and dedication to the artisan process. Based in Los Angeles, the brand has revolutionized the modern artisan bread movement, enabling the culinary community and consumers to share the joy that hearth-baked, hand-crafted bread brings to their experiences.  La Brea Bakery foods are sold at grocery stores, online retailers and restaurant channels across the country. Find La Brea Bakery breads near you: www.labreabakery.com/where-to-buy and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

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