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Eggland's Best Drops Calorie Count for its Eggs

August 20, 2014 1:30 pm | by Eggland's Best | News | Comments

Eggland's Best has reduced the calorie count for its large eggs from 70 to 60 calories. Three different outside labs were used to confirm the lower calorie content. In addition to 10 fewer calories, compared to ordinary eggs Eggland's Best has 25 percent less saturated fat.

Salmonella Strikes Again, This Time From NY Facility

August 20, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York company is recalling some of its peanut and almond butters for possible salmonella contamination after it learned of the risk from a routine FDA testing. Among the brand names being recalled are Arrowhead Mills and MaraNatha almond and peanut butters.

Vacuum Tumbler

August 20, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vacuum Tumbler increases yield, tenderizes product, reduces cook time and evenly distributes flavor throughout the product whether it is meat, fish or poultry.

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New Trail Connects Visitors to Virginia Oysters

August 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Virginia's seven different oyster regions produce the largest amount of wild-caught and farm-raised oysters in the U.S. Last year, the state's harvest increased 25 percent to more than 500,000 bushels and a dockside value of more than $22 million.

Protesters Gather Against Proposed NC Chicken Processing Plant

August 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cumberland County Commissioners now know that dozens of their constituents oppose a proposed $113 million chicken processing plant in the area.                     

Analysis Highlights Differences in College Eating Habits

August 19, 2014 2:25 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Drastic differences in eating habits exist between college students and the general population, especially when it comes to caffeine and ordering hours.               

Oscar Mayer Ventures Into 'Old World' Product Line

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Oscar Mayer is introducing a line of deli meats that add spice and flavor to everyday lunches for the entire family. The brand is launching the Old World Style line with four distinct flavors, including Classic Salami, Cracked Black Pepper Salami, Classic Pepperoni and Turkey Pepperoni.

Denmark Links New Listeria Death to Tainted Meat

August 19, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A representative of the state health agency SSI said the deceased person had bacteria similar to those of people who have died since June. Since September, at least 24 cases of listeriosis have been traced to a small meat producer in suburban Copenhagen that was ordered closed Aug. 11.

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Four at Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 10:00 am | by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors allege the owners of Rancho Feeding Corp. schemed with employees to slaughter about 79 cows with skin cancer of the eye rather than stopping plant operations during inspector lunch breaks.        

McDonald's Confronts its Junk Food Image

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

At a time when Americans are paying closer attention to what they eat, the fast food giant is trying to sway public opinion by first reaching out to the reporters, bloggers and other so-called "influencers" who write and speak about McDonald's.

New CEO of Idled SD Beef Plant Optimistic About Future

August 18, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant filed for bankruptcy last summer because it lacked money to buy cattle for slaughter. The new CEO of the renamed New Angus plant said he is working on a five-year plan for the facility with a goal of eventually employing nearly 600 people and handling up to 1,000 head of cattle per day.

Slicing System

August 18, 2014 9:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Slicing system increases yields while reducing valuable giveaway. All this adds up to consistent slice thickness, accurate portion weights and faster payback.

Infographic: Improving the Seafood Aisle

August 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Greenpeace USA | News | Comments

In the eighth annual Greenpeace USA report Carting Away the Oceans, supermarkets and their seafood departments were under the microscope. Take a look at how these top retailers compete when it comes to policy, initiative and red listers.  

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Whole Foods Recalls 368 Pounds of Ground Beef

August 15, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that two Whole Foods Market stores in Massachusetts are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef for possible contamination of a popular bacteria. So far, three people have fallen ill.

Illinois Company is Latest to Venture into Carp Business

August 14, 2014 2:39 pm | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

American Heartland Fish Products is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering, and their experiment offers another test of whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food.

Gold'n Plump Chicken CEO to Retire After 40 Years

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud, Minnesota | News | Comments

CEO Mike Helgeson is retiring from the company that produces Gold'n Plump chicken. Helgeson began working for GNP Co. in 1974 straight out of college, and has been CEO for 21 years. The company now processes 100 million chickens a year.   

Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kansas-based processing plant, Beef Products Inc., is reopening after critics dubbed its ground beef products "pink slime." Approximately 236 workers at the Garden City plant lost their jobs in 2012 amid the quarrel over a meat product called lean, finely textured beef.

Experts: Russian Food Ban Attempts to Leverage 'Big Ag' in US

August 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Experts from Vanderbilt University say the one-year ban of food imports to Russia is designed to leverage the American agricultural industry's lobbying power in Congress. The food ban was announced last week to deny imports from the EU, US and Canada among others.

10 Feared Dead in Denmark Listeria Outbreak

August 12, 2014 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A listeria outbreak that has killed 10 people is being linked to contaminated sausages as the possible cause. Danish officials have closed down the meat producer in Copenhagen and recalled all of its products. It is not yet clear whether any of the products were exported.

Gulf Coast Oyster Harvests Still Down From BP Oil Spill

August 12, 2014 10:28 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst oil disaster. Even after a rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.

VIDEO: Colbert's Take on Vladimir Putin's Food Sanctions

August 12, 2014 10:09 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Vladimir Putin retaliates against economic sanctions by imposing a strict ban on food imports from the West.                           

USDA's New Poultry Inspections: Necessary or Problematic?

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

In a move that is said to result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year, the Obama Administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in half a century. But why are the USDA's new requirements so controversial?

Cargill Hosts Job Fair to Help Employees of Milwaukee Plant Closure

August 11, 2014 1:53 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is hosting a job fair to help employees of the Milwaukee Cargill plant that recently closed. A shortage in the cattle supply forced the beef processing facility to close its doors on August 1.

Maine Codfish Numbers Hit All-Time Low

August 11, 2014 9:40 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Codfish catches have plummeted, with Maine dropping from more than 560 metric tons in 2009 to less than 130 metric tons last year. Massachusetts, the most productive cod-fishing state in the Northeast, fell from 6,810 metric tons in 2011 to 4,075 metric tons in 2012.

Salmonella Trial Shows Food Safety Relies on Honor System

August 11, 2014 9:22 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Trial witnesses say employees at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped tainted products and sent customers lab results from other clean batches rather than wait for tests to confirm their products were free of deadly bacteria.   

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