From Walgreens to Fighting Food Allergies, this week's Food News

The Lempert Report
December 17, 2014

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Unused Truck Gets Healthy Makeover
How do you make an old, out of service bus useful and good for you?  Simple!  Turn it into a mobile, health food market! Check out this unused food truck that was donated and given a makeover in Toronto! Commissioned by FoodShare Toronto in partnership with United Way and the City of Toronto, and thanks to LGA Architectural Partners - this old truck was transformed into a mobile market which travels around bringing healthy food choices to underserved neighborhoods. Named the Mobile Good Food Market the truck carries everything from apples, oranges to spinach, broccoli and other tasty produce in plastic bins, with prices marked up just 20 percent. Currently the truck is just traveling around Toronto, but there are plans to expand.

Walgreens Tests Mobile Doctor Visits
Ever thought you could see a doctor and get a prescription without leaving home? Well Walgreens is testing a new mobile app that will enable you to do just that. The retail giant said that patients in California or Michigan can try the system out, where for $49 you can contact a Doctor 24/7 through the Walgreens telemedicine app for smartphones or tablet computers.  But you won't be able to get a diagnosis for any and all ailments, this mobile system will only allow treatment for non-emergency issues and those that don't require a physical exam, like pink eye or bronchitis. The virtual doctor visit app was developed with MDLive and is available for both iOS and Android, and yes, if all goes well, there are plans to expand.,t/am=PSMG93_3BzHGfJY-qfbvv99ZUnzk8Ho_wgSQ7ASA_83-H8DfA_rUDxk/rt=h/d=1/t=zcms/rs=AItRSTOE695lfqQayj-ODtR4ARgD0gg3Vw

Europe Takes a Stand Against Food Allergies
Europe is laying down some strict rules when it comes to food allergies.  Beginning this past week, restaurants and takeouts across Europe arerequired by law to tell customers if their food contains ingredients known to trigger allergies. From nuts, milk, celery to gluten and wheat, staff must now provide information on 14 allergens that could be triggers. These new rules must be followed by meals served in bakeries, cafes, care homes and packaged produce sold by supermarkets. According to the European Academy of Allergy, food allergies affect more than 17 million people across Europe, so this new move is a serious attempt to make a difference with fines in place for repeat offenders.

Have You Heard about this Latest Foodie Trend?
If you love new food trends, check this out!  New Yorkers are all buzzing about Bone Broth! Yes, this is in fact, nothing new, just good old broth that's been around forever, but thanks to Chef Marco Canora, it's now a high priced, trendy food to order, can anyone say cronut?. Canora has opened a new Manhattan takeout window in the East Village called Brodo.  Canora's broth includes beef, chicken, and a blend of beef, chicken, and turkey broth, with flavor add-ons like turmeric or ginger, it's all served in a takeaway cup with a small costing $4, and a large will run you $9.   According to Yahoo! Health, nutritionists say the possible benefits of bone broth are wide and varied, from shinier hair, improved digestion, and reduced joint pain and inflammation.