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Nebraska Meat Plant Closure to Cost 125 People Their Jobs

February 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Land O' Frost meat plant in West Point, Nebraska told its employees that production will continue into the second quarter of the year at the former Wimmer's plant, giving them time to find other jobs.

Nebraska Beef Processing Plant Proposed by Investors

February 25, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investors said they have been meeting with officials from Gering and Bridgeport to discuss the...

Study: Power of Meat Remains Strong at Retail

February 24, 2015 8:35 am | by FMI, NAMI | News | Comments

Meat and poultry products remain among the top choices for shoppers at retail, but the tenth...

VIDEO: Fish Farm Goes Vegetarian to Save Seafood

February 23, 2015 9:15 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Fish farms have a big problem: They’ve been making feed out of sardines and anchovies from the...

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Johnsonville Sausage CEO to Retire, Oscar Mayer Exec to Replace

February 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in the company's history, Johnsonville Sausage will not be led by a member of the Stayer family. Ralph Stayer has led the privately owned Sheboygan Falls company for the last 47 years.

E Roto-Flow Portioning Machine

February 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The 8/65 E Roto-Flow Portioning Machine with PLC control makes it easy to change the patty stack count and conveyor travel during operation.

NAMI Applauds Agreement in Nine-Month West Coast Port Labor Dispute

February 23, 2015 7:15 am | by NAMI | News | Comments

The dispute and resulting slowdowns have cost the meat, poultry, hide, skin and leather industries an estimated $85 million a week. While the deal between the two sides is a crucial step to ending this slowdown, the impact will continue to be felt.

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Butterball Acquires Second North Carolina Processing Facility

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by Butterball, LLC | News | Comments

The purchase of the facility, closed by its previous owners in December 2014, will help Butterball continue to meet growing consumer demand for a variety of Butterball turkey products.

Police: Meat Plant Employee Charged in Co-Worker's Death After Prank

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank.

Bacon-Wrapped Pizza Latest Offering in Bacon Craze

February 19, 2015 10:21 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Little Caesars is debuting a new pizza with 3-1/2 feet of bacon wrapped around the crust. This latest creative cuisine to satisfy bacon-lovers brings to mind some of the other more creative dishes featuring bacon.

Slaughterhouse Owner Pleads Guilty in Tainted Beef Case

February 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that Jesse Amaral Jr., owner of the defunct Rancho Feeding Corp. based in Petaluma, California, admitted guilt to distributing adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat. Amaral is the third person to plead guilty in the conspiracy that sparked beef recalls.

CFIA Says Alberta Mad Cow Disease Born 2 Years After Feed Ban

February 19, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's food safety organization says a cow discovered on an Alberta farm with mad cow disease was born two years after the government imposed a tougher ban on animal feed to guard against the disease.

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1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Stabbing at Meat Processing Plant

February 18, 2015 1:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead another injured. Officers say two men were involved in a fight outside the facility, and both were left with stab and slash wounds.

4.3K Pounds of Pork Sausage Products Recalled in Michigan

February 18, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a business is recalling about 4,300 pounds of pork sausage products in Michigan due to mislabeling and an undeclared allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall late Tuesday by Bay City-based Michigan Brand Inc.

Golden State Foods Corp. Planning New Alabama Plant, 173 New Jobs

February 18, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Golden State Foods Corp., headquartered in Irvine, California, is planning to build a meat processing facility at a cost of between $40 million and $45 million.

World's Most 'Famous' Frank Unveils New Product, New Look in 2015

February 18, 2015 7:00 am | by Nathan's Famous | News | Comments

Nathan's Famous is now making it easier for health-conscious consumers to enjoy the great taste of its original frankfurters by introducing a new 50-percent reduced-fat variety. The company unveiled the new product this week along with a first look at updated packaging featuring bold, high-impact graphics and easy-to-read product labeling.

American Lobster: The New Chinese New Year Delicacy

February 17, 2015 1:30 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Exports of U.S. lobster to China have rocketed in the past few years, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country's growing middle class, to whom a steamed, whole crustacean — flown in live from the United States — is not just a festive delicacy and a good-luck symbol but also a mark of prosperity.

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Water, Air Quality Concerns Heighten Conflict with Pig Farms

February 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may be harmful to respiratory health.

Burger King, Tim Hortons Parent Reports Loss on Deal Costs

February 17, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Burger King and Tim Hortons parent company Restaurant Brands International reported a loss for its fourth quarter, dragged down by costs related to the deal to combine the two chains.

Colleges Start to Embrace Sustainable Seafood Label

February 17, 2015 7:00 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Portland-based Gulf of Maine Research Institute is targeting colleges and universities to carry its label that promises seafood products are harvested locally and sustainably. The institute offers a "responsibly harvested" label to food vendors that can source products back to the Gulf of Maine

Mad Cow Disease Reported in Alberta; First Case in Canada Since 2011

February 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in a beef cow from Alberta, Canadian officials announced today. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Canada's first case since 2011 will not affect the country's international beef trade.

VIDEO: Brisket Sees Sudden Spike in Popularity

February 12, 2015 11:30 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Whether it's on a sandwich or served with sides, brisket is a meat eater's bread and butter. Brisket used to be a cheaper alternative to top cuts like sirloin, but the tasty meat has seen a sudden spike in popularity and prices are now soaring.

VIDEO: How Much Water is Used to Make That Burger?

February 11, 2015 1:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

The newest video in the Meat Mythcrusher series addresses one of the most commonly seen myths in the media: how much water it takes to produce a pound of beef. 

Burger King Released From Lawsuit Claiming Needles in Burger

February 11, 2015 12:40 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A retired soldier who filed a lawsuit saying there were needles in his Burger King sandwich has reached a settlement with the fast food chain, his lawyer said. A retired Army sergeant filed the lawsuit claiming one needle pierced his tongue when he bit into his Triple Stacker sandwich and another lodged in his small intestine, requiring hospitalization.

Mercury on Rise in Hawaiian Yellowfish

February 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

Mercury is a potent toxin that can accumulate to high concentrations in fish, posing a health risk to people who eat large, predatory marine fish such as swordfish and tuna. Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to research that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxin are to blame.   

Infographic: How Much Do You Know About Processed Meats?

February 6, 2015 12:20 pm | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

According to NAMI, data in the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee showed that followers of the Mediterranean diet — the diet hailed by many for its good nutrition and health outcomes — consume twice as many processed meats as included in the USDA's food patterns.

Calif. Attorney General to Appeal Reversal of Foie Gras Ban

February 5, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris gave notice that she will appeal last month's ruling, which barred California from enforcing its ban on selling fatty goose or duck liver produced out of state. The ban took effect in 2012.       

Trust is Key in Growing US Meat Market

February 4, 2015 1:55 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

The huge meat market in the U.S. is projected to grow steadily over the next few years, driven by the increasing popularity of private label and frozen meat products. However, new brands must establish themselves as being trustworthy and reliable, a new study finds.

Researchers Develop Sensor to Sniff Out Fish Fraud

February 3, 2015 1:20 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (USF HEALTH) | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science have developed a handheld sensor capable of debunking fraudulent seafood species claims, helping to ensure that consumers get what they pay for.        

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