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Here's What the Astronauts Are Having For Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 11:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN magazine | Blogs | Comments

On Thursday, while you're nestled in your home, enjoying food with friends and family, take a minute to think about how lucky you are that your Thanksgiving turkey isn't freeze-dried. This fact alone puts the meal miles ahead of Thanksgiving in space. 

Tentative Deal to Settle XL Foods Beef Recall Lawsuit

November 26, 2014 11:23 am | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Lawyers have brokered a tentative deal to settle...

VIDEO: This 100 Year Old Turkey is Delicious

November 26, 2014 9:45 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Koch family farm is the turkey company in the United States that breeds turkeys with a 20th...

VIDEO: Turkey Does NOT Make You Sleepy!

November 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Healthcare Triage | Videos | Comments

While Thanksgiving is a time focused mainly on family, friends and giving thanks, it's also the...

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Photo of the Day: Man Eats 9.35 Pounds of Turkey in 10 Minutes, Wins Contest

November 25, 2014 9:20 am | by Dana Jensen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California won first place in the World Turkey-Eating Championship at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Chestnut ate 9.35 pounds of meat off the bone in just 10 minutes.        

Mobile Processor Helps Washington Turkey Farmers

November 25, 2014 8:25 am | by TAD SOOTER, Kitsap Sun | News | Comments

A custom trailer which contains a mobile poultry processing unit is one of only a few of its kind in the state. A group of partners recently banded together to buy the $20,000 unit, and it's being offered for rent to members of the Western Washington Poultry Farmers Cooperative.

Hawaii and Alaska Pay Highest Prices For Thanksgiving Feasts

November 24, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

According to an analysis by the personal finance website NerdWallet, residents of Hawaii and Alaska pay the highest amount in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving. Most food has to be flown or shipped into both states. 

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Local Food Proponents Fuel Rise in Hunting Participation

November 24, 2014 9:17 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wildlife officials around the country suspect that local food connoisseurs are the reason for the increasing hunting population. For locavores, the motivation in learning to hunt is the best way to know where their food comes from.     

VIDEO: Organic, Free-Range Tofurkey Farms

November 21, 2014 3:30 pm | by Team Coco | Videos | Comments

Many people this Thanksgiving will be making the ethical choice of eating Tofurkey. This week on "Conan," McClellan Farms reminds consumers of the importance of making sure your Tofurkeys come from organic, free-range Tofurkey farms.           

McDonald's Worker Charged in Glass-in-Big Mac Case Wins $437K

November 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former McDonald's worker acquitted of charges he placed shards of glass into a police officer's Big Mac nearly a decade ago has won a $437,000 settlement from the city after arguing the officer fabricated the story to win money by suing the fast food restaurant.

How Campylobacter Exploits Chicken 'Juice' Highlights Need for Hygiene

November 21, 2014 11:36 am | by Norwich BioScience Institutes | News | Comments

A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter's persistence in food processing sites is boosted by 'chicken juice.' Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, 'chicken juice,' provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. 

Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Bigeye Tuna Fishing Rule

November 21, 2014 9:40 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks. The regulation undermines international efforts to end overfishing of bigeye.

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Researchers Calculate 'Hidden' Emissions in Traded Meat

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has, for the first time, estimated the amount of methane and nitrous oxide that countries release into the atmosphere when producing meat from livestock, and assigned the emissions to the countries where the meat is ultimately consumed.

Animal Rights Group Releases Chicken Slaughterhouse Abuse Video

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing plant. The group released a video online that it says was taken at a Koch Foods slaughterhouse. The video shows chickens that survive the slaughter process and then are scalded alive.

Country of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Cost of Thanksgiving is Going Up

November 20, 2014 9:37 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to rise slightly this year, clocking in at $49.41. That's 37 cents higher than in 2013. For that, you can blame dairy products, coffee and marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole.

Foster Farms Thanksgiving Turkey Donations To Feed 84,000 People

November 19, 2014 3:05 pm | by Foster Farms | News | Comments

The turkeys will be distributed to local communities and families in California, Oregon and Washington to help feed needy families this Thanksgiving. Each food bank received 750 turkeys — or 13,500 pounds of turkey.     

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Fuji Food Products to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Chicago

November 19, 2014 2:55 pm | by Fuji Food Products, Inc. | News | Comments

Set to be fully operational in December 2014, the 40,000 square foot plant will produce and specialize in fresh, refrigerated, and ready-to-eat meals serving the Midwest with national distribution capabilities.      

Regulators Cut New England Cod Quota

November 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators said the reduction in quota is necessary to rebuild the struggling fishery, on which Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts fishermen all rely to harvest the popular food fish. Many fishermen were prepared for the blow after recent emergency actions by the federal government to restrict the fishery.

Smoked Salmon Sold in mid-Atlantic Area Recalled

November 19, 2014 8:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York City company is recalling 564 pounds of Imported (Product of Denmark) Acme smoked salmon that was sold to Giant supermarkets in the Mid-Atlantic region because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.       

Tyson Foods Beats Fourth-Quarter Forecasts

November 18, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Springdale, Arkansas-based company acquired Hillshire Brands in August, which helped boost its sales of prepared foods. It also benefited from increased demand and higher prices for chicken during the quarter, as feed ingredient costs have fallen.

VIDEO: When Fake 'Super Meat' is Better Than the Real Thing

November 18, 2014 9:36 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing.

Photos: 400-Foot-Long Hallaca

November 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelan cooks set a record for making the world's biggest hallaca — Venezuela's version of the tamale that is traditionally eaten in December. The creation features pork, beef, chicken, olives and raisins folded into corn dough and wrapped in a banana leaf.

Turkey Production Down, Wholesale Prices Up as Thanksgiving Approaches

November 17, 2014 10:20 am | by BILL DRAPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's anticipated stock is 235 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service — the lowest since 1986, when U.S. farmers produced roughly 207 million birds.     

Cod Restrictions Will Cost Consumers Who Buy Local

November 14, 2014 1:49 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supply from countries like Iceland and Norway, as well as Alaska, is steady enough that a lack of Gulf of Maine cod is unlikely to affect prices overall. But customers who prefer locally caught fish will probably soon have to pay more at markets and restaurants.

Petition Filed to Protect Yellowstone Bison

November 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wildlife advocates have filed a formal petition to protect the wild bison herds. They say the Yellowstone animals face numerous threats; that includes a capture and slaughter program that has killed more than 3,600 bison since 2000 to prevent the spread of disease carried by many bison.

FDA Guards Against Food Spoilage, Contamination

November 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

Specialists in a FDA laboratory in Arkansas use their sense of smell to detect odors of decomposition to make sure domestic and imported seafood and seafood products are fit for consumption.                 

25K Pounds of Frozen Turkeys Spilled on Highway Will be Donated

November 13, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The approximately 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys that an overturned tractor-trailer spilled on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving will be donated to a local food bank. A health inspector determined the turkeys are still safe to eat. 

Oscar Mayer to Eliminate Hundreds of Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 13, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs. The company informed employees that the changes will be complete by the end of the year.              

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