(American Meat Institute) -- A new conference that will bring together trade associations and professional societies whose members fund and conduct meat and poultry research on behalf of the industry is slated for November 1-2, 2011, in Kansas City. Mo. to Attendees will discuss research priorities, share research results and look at future needs in an effort to improve the industry’s overall research program.
(Cornucopia Institute)-- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the agency will fully deregulate Monsanto’s controversial genetically engineered alfalfa. The choice was favored by the biotech industry and one of three options identified in the USDA’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) released last month.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has entered a consent decree, ordering the condemnation and destruction of chili products found inside a rodent-infested warehouse in Derry, N.M. U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo entered the decree Monday. In December, U.S. Food and Drug Administration agents seized the chili pods, ground chili and other products at the facility owned by Duran and Sons LLC in Derry, a farming community north of Hatch in southern New Mexico.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP's decision to resume paying dividends rankled Gulf Coast residents Tuesday who saw it as another sign the company wants to move on even though many are still suffering from last year's massive oil spill. Oil stains linger in marshes along Louisiana's fragile coast and tens of thousands of victims are waiting for final payments from a $20 billion compensation fund, while a large number of people haven't received any money at all.
MINNEAPOLIS (PRNewswire) -- Cargill today announced a partnership with Kansas State University (KSU) for the construction of the Cargill Center for Feed Safety Research. The facility, built in part from a $500,000 grant from Cargill, will conduct studies to address current food and feed safety issues facing the animal feed industry.
WASHINGTON (AP) — You should eat less salt, the government says. A lot less. It won't be easy. Consumers will need help from food companies if they are going to meet the government's ambitious new goals, announced Monday, for half of Americans to reduce the amount of salt they eat by more than half.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A marketing survey commissioned by Louisiana's seafood promotion board shows more than 70 percent of consumers polled nationally express some level of concern about seafood safety following the BP oil spill, and 23 percent have actually reduced their consumption. The figures, a mixed bag of good and bad news for the seafood industry, are the result of online canvassing of a thousand households in December — the first of three "waves" of such research that will help the board craft a public relations message.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — KFC and its franchisees have been told to cooperate on advertising strategies by a judge's ruling Monday that delves into the fried-versus-grilled dispute at the world's most popular chicken-restaurant chain. The franchisees argued in the non-jury trial in Delaware Chancery Court that their KFC National Council and Advertising Cooperative had authority to develop advertising plans as well as to modify those offered by KFC.
SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Smithfield Foods facility in Virginia that produces barbecued ribs, stews and soups will close next month. Vice president for human resources Jeff Gough told The Virginian-Pilot that the closure of the Ham and Products Facility in Smithfield won't affect consumers.
(AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius,left, and Agriculture Tom Vilsack, take part in a news conference at George Washington University in Washington, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, announcing new dietary guidelines to help Americans make healthier food choices and confront obesity epidemic.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Starbucks CEO and founder Howard Schultz's compensation rose nearly 45 percent to $22 million in fiscal 2010 as the company roared back from the recession with rising revenue and profit nearly twice 2009's. Schultz, who had left the company but returned during the recession to lead its turnaround, got a salary of $1.
AP Business Writers Taco Bell says a legal beef over the meat in its tacos is bull. The fast-food chain took out full-page ads in at least nine major newspapers and launched a YouTube campaign featuring its president Friday to proclaim its taco filling is 88 percent beef. A false-advertising lawsuit filed last week that caused an online stir alleges the company's filling doesn't have enough beef to be called that.
Associated Press LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Canned beer isn't just for swilling anymore. Baxter Brewing in Maine has joined a growing number of small craft-beer breweries distributing their brews in cans — just like mainstream mass-produced beers — rather than in bottles. A decade ago, it's believed there weren't any U.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two dozen of the nation's largest and best-funded farm groups have formed a coalition to counter poor publicity that they say has led to some bad public policies and threatens farmers' ability to produce food for the world's population. The groups have been alarmed by such things as the release of videos that show male chicks being put into grinders, egg-laying hens in battery cages and the mistreatment of hogs in large confinement operations.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is telling half of the U.S. population to drastically cut their daily salt intake. That's the advice to consumers — and the food industry — as the government issues new dietary guidelines, which are the recommendations behind the popular food pyramid.
(AP) — In this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2011 photo, barley is mixed to create mash during the brewing process at the Baxter Brewing Co., in Lewiston, Maine. The beer company has joined a growing number of small craft-beer breweries distributing their brews in cans, rather than in bottles.
ROME (AP) — The United Nations urged governments Wednesday not to impose export restrictions or other short-term measures to cope with rising food prices, saying they can actually make matters worse by driving global prices up. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization issued an updated policy guide for governments in the developing world who are grappling with the impact of high food prices.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's 2010 pork exports have set a record that will be even higher when December figures come in. The state says in a news release that pork producers exported more than $1 billion worth of pork products in the first 11 months of last year. Iowa Department of Economic Development spokeswoman Kay Snyder said Wednesday that the previous record was set in 2008, also just over $1 billion.
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. said Thursday it received approval from the Russian government to take a majority stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods for $3.8 billion in a move that will make the snacks and soft drink company the largest food and beverage company in Russia. PepsiCo said in December it would take a majority stake in Wimm-Bill-Dan, a Russian company that produces dairy products, juices, mineral water and baby food.