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Wal-Mart's Push on Animal Welfare Hailed as Food Industry Game Changer

May 22, 2015 2:18 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry.

Q&A: Why Are Antibiotics Used in Livestock?

May 22, 2015 12:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, is the latest company to ask its suppliers to curb the...

Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 22, 2015 12:30 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at...

Wal-Mart Presses Meat Suppliers on Antibiotics, Treatment

May 22, 2015 9:30 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb...

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53 People in 9 States Sickened After Eating Raw Tuna

May 22, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Most of the cases — 31 — are in California, officials at the California Department of Public Health said. Other affected states include Arizona, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Bird Flu Crisis Slows in Minnesota, Focus Now on Recovery

May 22, 2015 8:09 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first case of H5N2 in the Midwest was confirmed in early March at a Minnesota turkey farm, and the virus then spread to 88 farms in the country's top turkey producing state, affecting nearly 8 million birds, mostly turkeys. But new cases have fallen off sharply and the focus is turning toward getting poultry farms back into production.

Meaty Menu on Tap as Summer Grilling Season Kicks Off

May 21, 2015 12:35 pm | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans are expected to eat seven billion hot dogs, or 818 per second, during that period. Hot dog manufacturers estimate that nearly 40 percent of hot dogs are sold during the summer grilling season.

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Hormel Beats 2Q Profit Forecasts Despite Bird Flu Outbreaks

May 20, 2015 2:15 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel reported a record second-quarter profit of $180.2 million Wednesday despite the impacts of bird flu that has killed more than 8 million birds in Minnesota.

Egg Prices Jump as Impact of Bird Flu Begins Pinching Supply

May 20, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Midwest price of a dozen large eggs rose to $1.88. That's 58 percent higher than they were a month ago when the bird flu first hit Iowa chicken farms.

House Panel Votes to Repeal Country-Origin Meat Labeling Law

May 20, 2015 8:25 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal a "country-of-origin" labeling law for meat on Wednesday — just two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of it. The labels tell consumers what countries the meat is from: for example, "born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States," or "born, raised and slaughtered in the United States."

In the News: FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 20, 2015 7:30 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Find out everything you need to know by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to collect more information on antibiotics used in animals that become meat. It's an effort to stem antibiotic-resistant diseases.

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US Dairy Companies Urge Congress to Act Now to Reform COOL and Protect American Jobs

May 19, 2015 11:45 am | by International Dairy Foods Association | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization's final ruling Monday against the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule will cause severe economic harm to U.S. manufacturing and agriculture without immediate congressional intervention, said the International Dairy Foods Association.

World Trade Body Rejects Country of Origin Labels on Meat

May 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday that the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage.

Case Study: Hillshire Brands Mobilizes Information to Improve Compliance, Reduce Quality Deviations and Waste Background

May 18, 2015 12:05 pm | by Hillshire Brands | Articles | Comments

With improved visibility into production and access to real-time data, Hillshire Brands increased plant productivity and enhanced its processes for reducing foodborne-illness risks at its Haltom City, Texas plant.

2M More Minn. Chickens to be Destroyed Due to Flu

May 18, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's largest egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus.

Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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Wisconsin Company Recalls Chicken Over Disinfectant Concerns

May 15, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The recall covers roughly 2,191 pounds of whole and cut chicken and 21 pounds of turkey pieces produced by Ridgeland-based AA Poultry Processing LLC between May 4 and May 11. The company's recall was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

NAMI: CDC FoodNet Data Highlights Significant Reductions in Key Pathogens of Concern

May 15, 2015 7:30 am | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) was pleased at the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s FoodNet data showing significant declines in Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157 and Salmonella Typhimurium, while also noting that there is more work to do to decrease foodborne illness rates from all foods.

2 Pork Processors Announce Plans for New Plant in Iowa

May 14, 2015 11:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials with Triumph Foods and Seaboard Foods said Thursday that construction of the pork processing plant is slated to begin in late fall north of Sioux Gateway Airport, with an anticipated mid-2017 opening.

Bird Flu Found at South Dakota Egg-Laying Chicken Farm

May 14, 2015 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Dakota has its first case of bird flu at an egg-laying chicken farm that holds 1.3 million of the birds. Dakota Layers says it was told by the state veterinarian Wednesday that one of its nine barns tested positive for avian influenza.

Cereal Maker Post Says Bird Flu Squeezing its Egg Supply

May 14, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. says the Midwest's deadly bird flu outbreak is affecting more of its egg supply. Post estimates that roughly 20 percent of its egg supply is impacted by the outbreak, up from 14 percent just days ago.

USDA Rules Will Require Safety Labels on Tenderized Beef

May 14, 2015 9:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agriculture Department said Wednesday the labels will be required starting in May 2016. Mechanically tenderized meat is poked with needles or blades to make it tender, a process that can transfer bacteria from the outside of the cut of beef to the inside. Since many people eat cuts of meat that aren't fully cooked in the center, that bacteria can pose a safety hazard.

Geoduck Farming Takes Off as Demand for Clams Grows in Asia

May 14, 2015 8:30 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last year, the U.S. exported $74 million, or about 11 million pounds, worth of live wild and farmed geoduck, mostly to China and Hong Kong. That's double the volume and value exported in 2008. An average clam weighs about 2 pounds and can fetch up to $100 per pound overseas.

Carl's Jr., Hardee's Top Burger with Hot Dog and Chips

May 14, 2015 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The upcoming menu item is made with a beef patty that is topped with a split hot dog. The meaty duo sits on a layer of Lay's potato chips between hamburger buns. Ketchup, mustard, tomato, red onion, pickles and American cheese will be thrown in, too

First Nebraska Cases of Bird Flu Confirmed in Flock of 1.7M

May 13, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The ongoing bird flu outbreak has spread into northeast Nebraska, and officials are planning to kill 1.7 million chickens on a farm where the disease has been confirmed.

Egg, Turkey Meat Prices Begin to Rise as Bird Flu Spreads

May 12, 2015 11:45 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys.

Tyson to Curb Antibiotics in Poultry For Schools, Hospitals

May 12, 2015 9:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The country's largest meat producer recently announced plans to limit the use of antibiotics in poultry destined for institutions such as schools and hospitals. Tyson Foods Inc. indicated it would conform to the Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use standard.

Ground Pork, Beef Recalled from Canadian Market over Possible E. coli Contamination

May 12, 2015 7:10 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Health officials in Vancouver are warning consumers about ground pork and beef that was sold at a local store and may be contaminated with E. coli.

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