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Consumers Want Foods With High-Protein Levels

August 5, 2014 11:45 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

According to a new report by Packaged Foods, Americans make it a point to get enough protein from the foods and beverages they consume. Consumers continue to seek out protein for a variety of health and wellness concerns, but also to increase maintenance of the body.

McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's sales are hurting from a scandal over a meat supplier in China late last month. The hamburger chain said there has been "significant negative impact" in China, Japan and other affected markets. These regions make up 10 percent of the chain's revenue.

Japan, China Prepare Meeting Over Food Safety

August 5, 2014 9:05 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

Japanese and Chinese governments are preparing to meet later this month on finding ways to meet food safety standards. The meeting follows the recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by the Chinese food supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co. 

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Maine Meat Plant to Build Slaughterhouse

August 5, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Northeast Meats, a meat processing facility in Gardiner, Maine, is planning to open a slaughterhouse a few miles away from its plant. The company bought a lot from Gardiner at Libby Hill Business Park. The facility would slaughter poultry and red meat. 

VIDEO: Johnsonville to Host "Bratsgiving Day"

August 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by Johnsonville Sausage, LLC | News | Comments

Johnsonville is celebrating a new holiday by hosting the first "Bratsgiving Day," to recognize the sausage holiday on August 16, known as National Bratwurst Day. The new holiday takes favorite holidays, like Christmas and Thanksgiving, and spices them up with bratwursts.

Oscar Mayer Gives Consumers Another Reason to Love Bacon

August 4, 2014 1:53 pm | by Kraft Foods Group, Inc. | News | Comments

Oscar Mayer expands bacon beyond the breakfast table with new Bacon Jerky snacks. As the average American is transitioning from eating full meals to snacking more throughout the day, the company wanted to make the meat available to bacon-lovers all day long.

USDA: Poultry Companies Not Allowed to Speed Up Production

August 4, 2014 9:50 am | by National Council of La Raza | News | Comments

After two years of intense advocacy from workers, the USDA has issued a final rule that will not allow poultry companies to speed up production lines. With line speed being the major factor in injuries among poultry workers, the final rule puts worker safety first.

Jersey Shore Reels in Visitors With Major Seafood Business

August 4, 2014 9:05 am | by JACQUELINE L. URGO, The Philadelphia Inquirer | News | Comments

Commercial fishing and its related industries produce about 50,000 jobs in New Jersey, of which about 3,000 commercial fishermen operating about 1,500 vessels are employed to supply the 15 seafood processing facilities and 81 wholesalers operating in the state.

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USDA to Overhaul Poultry Inspections for First Time in 50 Years

August 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

From a rule that was originally proposed by the USDA in 2012, the Obama Administration is now overhauling chicken plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years. This move could prevent more than 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year.

Infographic: Breakfast by the Numbers

August 1, 2014 8:20 am | by Hartman Group | News | Comments

In the 20th century, cereal helped redefine breakfast as a health moment. Breakfast beverages also arose to give us a heavy dose of nutrition to start our day. But what is the industry seeing today? Research by Hartman-Group shows what we eat depends on when we eat.

Cargill to Close Milwaukee Beef Plant Due to Cattle Shortage

July 31, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill is planning to close its Milwaukee beef-processing plant, putting more than 600 people out of work. The meat producer says the drought of 2011 and 2012 in the Midwest hurt cattle levels, and the shortage is at its lowest level since 1951.

VIDEO: Maple Leaf Foods Sets World Record With Bacon Dance

July 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Maple Leaf Foods Inc. | News | Comments

Maple Leaf Foods has set two world records: the longest BLT sandwich, registering at more than 227 feet long using 2,000 slices of Maple Leaf bacon, and the largest bacon dance. Watch 161 Maple Leaf employees sizzle to the new bacon dance craze in this video.

McDonald's Could be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights. The Board said 181 cases involving the restaurant-chain have been filed since 2012.

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5 Food Reporters Subpoenaed in $1.2B 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

July 30, 2014 8:20 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three reporters from the online publication Food Safety News have been asked to supply all communication they had with ABC in 2012. The subpoena comes in lieu of the $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC's coverage of a meat product dubbed as "pink slime."

Meat Industry Upset With Court's Decision to Uphold Origin Labels

July 30, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Meat Institute, which represents the nation's largest meatpackers, is disappointed with a federal appeals court upholding rules requiring country-of-origin labels on meat packages. AMI argues that the paperwork behind the labels is burdensome.

Jimmy Dean Moves Beyond Breakfast Table for the First Time

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The maker of iconic breakfast staples, Jimmy Dean, is launching new bowls and sandwiches to lure in eaters for lunch and dinner. Owned by Hillshire Brands, the company is introducing 16 microwavable products, including a pulled pork sandwich and grilled steak bowl.

Acidity in Alaskan Waters Poses Risk to Crab, Fisheries

July 29, 2014 11:30 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the ocean waters near Alaska are becoming more acidic from the release of carbon dioxide in the environment. Increased ocean acidification could harm important commercial fisheries in the state.

1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Miss. Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at Omega Protein, a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast, killed one employee and injured three others. The publicly held company produces fish oils and fish meal for human consumption and use in aquaculture and industrial applications.

Red Lobster Stacks Food Higher as it Struggles to Survive

July 29, 2014 8:53 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Red Lobster's recent changes are an attempt by the seafood chain to reverse a year-long decrease in sales. Sit-down chains have been struggling since the economic downturn as people cut back on spending. The company is going vertical on the plate to push quality.

Lake Huron Reels in Trout, Walleye as Fish Population Grows

July 28, 2014 2:30 pm | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Lake Huron is fertile fishing territory for the first time since the chinook salmon numbers nosedived in the early 2000s. Native fish species, such as walleye and lake trout, that had been kept down by the alewife-salmon dominance are bouncing back.

Tyson Foods Set to Sell Poultry Operations in Mexico, Brazil

July 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The sale to JBS SA, the parent of JBS USA Holdings Inc., which owns Pilgrim's Pride, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. News of the $575 million sale comes after Tyson's announcement earlier this month of a $7.75 billion deal to buy Hillshire Brands Co.

Mushroom Meatballs? School Meal Solutions Dished Up at Senate Hearing

July 28, 2014 12:27 pm | by American Mushroom Institute | News | Comments

Mushroom meatballs are just one example of new products being introduced into school meals to meet USDA nutritional guidelines. Congress is debating the current nutrition guidelines and beginning preparation for the reauthorization of school nutrition programs in 2015.

US Meat Supplier OSI to Withdraw All Products in China

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

OSI Group, a food company based in Aurora, Illinois, is pulling all products made by its Shanhai Husi Foods unit from the marketplace. Last week, the plant was thrust into the spotlight for repackaging old beef and chicken and calling it new.

Iowa Town to Lose 450 Jobs From Tyson Foods Closure

July 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa | News | Comments

Approximately 450 employees of the Cherokee, Iowa Tyson Foods will lose their jobs with the upcoming closure of the plant. The company, which is the second-largest employer of the city, is also closing plants in Buffalo, New York and Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

Alaska Gov. Asks Feds to Buy 1M Cases of Canned Salmon

July 25, 2014 2:45 pm | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell wants the USDA to purchase $37M worth of canned pink salmon under a law that allows for buying surplus food from farmers and donating it to food banks. Parnell's request is to reduce inventories to help slow the price decline.

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