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Beef or Chicken? Beef Prices Hit Fast-Food Chains

November 7, 2014 10:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The soaring prices have hurt fast-food restaurants that feature beef as the centerpiece of their menus: Burger King, Wendy's and McDonald's — the nation's three biggest burger chains — all say they're dealing with higher beef costs.  

Q&A: How Packaging Suppliers Support Canneries During Salmon Season

November 6, 2014 2:43 pm | by Crown Holdings, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to packaging seafood, there may indeed be a lot of fish in the sea, but sometimes there’s only a short time to catch them. Nowhere is this truer than in the salmon industry, which gives fishermen and canneries just over two months to catch and package the fish.

McDonald's Japan Logs 7.5B Yen Loss on Meat Scandal

November 6, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of a food safety scandal involving a China-based meat supplier, sales slumped for McDonald's Japan. The company reported a group net loss of 7.54 billion yen for the January to September period.            

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Rising Beef Costs Cut Into Wendy's Profit

November 6, 2014 9:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The hamburger chain reported a lower-than-expected profit for its third quarter, noting that beef costs were "much higher than our initial projections." It also said it expects the "record high" costs to continue.          

VIDEO: What's Really Inside That McRib?

November 5, 2014 12:11 pm | by McDonald's | Videos | Comments

Is it real pork? Why is it that shape? Some of the biggest questions about our food revolves around the McRib, so Grant Imahara and a McDonald’s skeptic are going to Lopez foods, one of our U.S. pork suppliers, to find answers. Watch to see what goes into a McRib patty.

StarKist Tuna Chosen as One of 'Healthiest Grab-and-Go Lunches'

November 4, 2014 9:00 am | by StarKist Co. | News | Comments

StarKist has been recognized on Women's Health respected 2014 "Supermarket Stars" list. Compiled every year, the "Supermarket Stars" list highlights the healthiest packaged foods for women. Hundreds of products are submitted to the magazine each year.

FDA's Proposed Fish Advisory Could Increase Mercury Poisoning

November 3, 2014 11:45 am | by Mercury Policy Project | News | Comments

A new advisory recommending increased fish consumption for pregnant women could increase mercury poisoning in newborns, according to physicians and consumer groups. Groups point out that recommendation to simply "eat more fish" is oversimplified and unlikely to achieve the intended benefits.

Bison Day: Americans Celebrate a National Icon

November 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Wildlife Conservation Society | News | Comments

Bison production is in its strongest economic condition in more than a decade. The total value of privately owned bison on more than 2,500 bison ranches in the U.S. was estimated to exceed $280 million in 2013. Bison ranches provide a sustainable and healthy meat source, and contribute to our nation’s food security.

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Duck Farming Fading Away on New York's Long Island

November 3, 2014 9:02 am | by FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Long Island duck is quietly fading into the history books. By the end of this year there will be only one duck farm left on Long Island; that's down from a high of more than 100 in the early 1960s that produced up to 7.5 million succulent birds annually.

Red Lobster Goes Back Into its Shell

November 3, 2014 8:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The struggling seafood chain plans to announce another revamped menu that removes dishes, while tacking on more dishes featuring lobster. The non-seafood dishes had been added in hopes of attracting people who don't like seafood as sales declined. 

VIDEO: Are You Eating Plastic For Dinner?

October 30, 2014 1:55 pm | by National Geographic | Videos | Comments

This video dives into how our consumption of plastics has affected marine species deaths and increased human health risks, and it explores possible long-term solutions. Motion graphic artist Andreas Tanner educates viewers on all aspects of plastic production, consumption and breakdown.

Alabama Chicken Producer Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 9:58 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

OSHA issued 11 citations to the poultry processing plant, including nine serious, one repeat and one other-than serious violation. The investigation was initiated after the agency received a complaint from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Proposed penalties total $102,600.

Nearly One-Third of US Shrimp May be Mislabeled, Study Says

October 30, 2014 9:28 am | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of Mexico. The group found about 30 percent of 143 shrimp products bought from 111 vendors were not what the label said.

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Restaurant Industry Calls For Transparency in Canadian Chicken Prices

October 28, 2014 12:45 pm | by Restaurants Canada | News | Comments

Canada's restaurant industry purchases approximately $2.2 billion a year in Canadian chicken.  It is a popular menu item at many of our members' restaurants, and Restaurants Canada has long said it would like to be a full partner in promoting the growth and further development of the chicken industry.

Quota Cuts Dishearten Maine Elver Fishermen

October 28, 2014 9:27 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have cut Maine's fishermen's quota for elvers by nearly 18 percent to allow the stock of the lucrative baby eels to rebuild. The move came after a federal panel had recommended a quota of 9,688 pounds of elvers for next year. 

Penn. Company Recalls Nearly 32K Pounds of Chicken Products

October 27, 2014 2:06 pm | by Food Safety | News | Comments

Murry’s Inc., a Lebanon, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 31,689 pounds of gluten free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin.                   

Chicago Firm Recalls 29K Pounds of Chicken Kiev

October 27, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the raw, frozen chicken entrees from the Aspen Foods division of Koch Meats were sold as Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breasts. The Chicago company recalled nearly 29,000 pounds of the chicken products.

US Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements.             

FDA Develops Online Module to Help Ensure Proper Seafood Labeling

October 24, 2014 9:29 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Proper identification of seafood is important throughout the seafood supply chain to ensure that appropriate food safety controls are implemented and that consumers are getting the type of seafood they expect and for which they are paying.  

Infographic: What Drives Late-Night Restaurant Visits

October 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by Technomic | News | Comments

Consumers consider dinner their main meal of the day, and rarely skip it. While most dinners are prepared at home, 53 percent of consumers use foodservice for these occasions at least once a week. What sends them away from home?     

As Food Prices Climb, Social Security Benefits Go Up 1.7 Percent

October 22, 2014 9:57 am | by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of meat, fish and eggs is up by nearly 10 percent, but the overall cost of food is up just 3.1 percent. The annual cost-of-living adjustment affects payments to more than 70 million Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees.

Food Costs Up 3 Percent Over the Past Year

October 22, 2014 9:50 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Food costs rose 0.3 percent in September and are up 3 percent over the past 12 months, exacerbated by drought conditions in parts of the country. Beef and veal prices jumped 2 percent in September and are up 16.7 percent since January.  

Trying Out the Kansas City Barbecue Scene

October 21, 2014 3:52 pm | by BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor | News | Comments

When I mentioned on Facebook that I was heading to Kansas City, one friend sent me to Arthur Bryant's barbecue restaurant, quoting Calvin Trillin's famous line that Bryant's was possibly "the single best restaurant in the world."     

2nd Guilty Plea in Calif. Tainted Beef Case

October 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Eugene Corda, an employee of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered the plea to one count of aiding and abetting in the distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat earlier this month.           

WTO Rejects US Country-of-Origin Labels for Meat

October 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.

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