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Jan 29, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) can be used for a diverse set of tasks, including opening up new business models. A recent Forrester report explores how businesses are embracing IoT.


As the Zika virus spreads, Obama calls for rapid research. There are two potential candidates for a vaccine, but clinical trials won’t begin in people until the end of the year, and the vaccine will not be widely available for several years.

 

The Center for Food Integrity shared results from its recent research project on the role transparency plays in building trust. The research included six topics: food safety, impact of food on health and wellbeing, environmental impact, labor and human rights, animal well being and business ethics. The key takeaway? Transparency is no longer optional when trust is the ultimate goal.

 

The Huffington Post interviewed Doug Powell, publisher and editor of Barfblog about Chipotle's food safety crisis. His thoughts? Chipotle is ‘focused on bulls**t”.

 

Merck promises that it will seek to have its Ebola vaccine approved by a regulatory agency by 2017.

 

Taste, price and convenience are no longer the sole deciding factors when people buy food and beverages, according to a new study, from Deloitte, Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). The study found that roughly half of Americans surveyed (51 percent) weigh "evolving drivers" – health and wellness, safety, social impact, experience and transparency – in their purchasing decisions.

 

Gavi launches ‘Infuse’ initiative to overcome barriers to immunization.

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