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Fish Catch Break on World Stage at Global Conference

January 27, 2015 1:00 pm | by MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

More than 60 million people in low-income nations rely on inland fisheries for their livelihood, which has left the inland fishery industry a poor competitor for water against agriculture, energy, commercial development and industry.    

Bird Flu Found at Foster Farms' Turkey Ranch in Central Calif.

January 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Hundreds of turkeys at a central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Federal officials say they found the commercial turkey flock at Foster Farms' Stanislaus County facility to be infected with the H5N8 strain. 

Experts Agree: Prices, Demand For Beef to Remain High

January 26, 2015 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

High beef prices are here to stay for a while, as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years, according to agricultural experts.       

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VIDEO: Serving Up 8K Pounds of Meat on the 'World's Largest BBQ Pit'

January 26, 2015 11:05 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The world's largest barbecue pit: A barbecue pit so big it is hooked up to a Peterbilt with an 18-speed transmission. The trailer alone is 75 feet long, weighs 80,000 pounds and serves up 8,000 pounds of meat.           

VIDEO: How Technology Could End Illegal Fishing

January 23, 2015 11:30 am | by The Economist | Videos | Comments

There is a good chance that one in five fish sold in a store or served in a restaurant has been caught illegally. That would amount to 26 million tons — the weight of nearly 500 Titanics — of fish a year. But clever use of technology could help prevent this pillage.

McDonald's Earnings Fall; Changes Afoot to Woo Customers

January 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back. This includes slowing down new restaurant openings in some markets.

Stricter Regulations Imposed to Protect Whales From Commercial Tuna Fishing Methods

January 22, 2015 12:30 pm | by NOAA FISHERIES WEST COAST REGION | News | Comments

Commercial fishermen have known for some time that tuna, along with other species of fish, congregate around objects drifting on the ocean surface. Since tuna are naturally attracted to whale sharks, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission adopted a resolution. 

Proposed Standards Aim to Cut Down on Salmonella in Poultry

January 21, 2015 1:11 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed standards apply to the most popular poultry products — chicken breasts, legs and wings, and ground chicken and turkey. They are voluntary but designed to pressure companies to lower rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in their products.

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Ultra-High Pressure Processing May Increase Salmon Shelf-Life

January 21, 2015 12:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Although salmon is often vacuum-packed, smoked, frozen or even canned to help increase the shelf life, the quality of the meat is often decreased during these processes. Researchers found that meat treated with UHP can increase the shelf life while improving taste.

Pasture Feeding May Improve Nutritional Benefits of Red Meat

January 21, 2015 11:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

It probably comes as no surprise that cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of early mortality. In the Western world, this has largely been attributed to diets rich in saturated fat. And according to health experts nationwide, red meat is to blame.

Choosing the Right Fan For Your Food Processing Application

January 21, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Prom, Regional Sales Manager, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Industrial fans need to be constructed of quality materials for long life and durability. Nowhere is this more important than in meat processing facilities where fans are washed down on a daily basis. This is why it is important to choose the right fan for your food processing application.

Shake Shack Plans to Raise up to $80M from IPO

January 20, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Burger chain Shake Shack, which got its start as a hot dog cart in New York City, plans to raise up to $80 million from an initial public offering of its common stock. The company said Tuesday that it anticipates its IPO of 5 million shares pricing between $14 and $16 per share.

Georgia Food Company Recalls Meat Sent to Catering Distributors

January 20, 2015 6:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say Kabob's Acquisition Inc. recalled about 869 pounds of meat that was produced between Nov. 13 and last Thursday. Officials say the company's ingredient supplier said ground cumin spice that was used in production may have been contaminated with peanut residue.

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Ga. Firm Recalls Pork For Undeclared Allergens

January 16, 2015 2:45 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

Heywood’s Meat Haus & Provision Co., a Marietta, Georgia establishment, is recalling approximately 931 pounds of tasso (pork shoulder) products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the USDA'S Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Alaska Seafood Processor Sells Stake to StarKist Owner

January 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Alaska seafood processor has sold a 12 percent stake to the parent company of StarKist Co., giving the South Korean tuna producer access to the salmon market.The sale to Dongwon Industries by Sitka-based Silver Bay Seafoods has been public since November, but the Alaska processor outlined details this week.

VIDEO: What Food Items Will Cost More in 2015?

January 16, 2015 9:20 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Consumers paid more for groceries in 2014, and they most likely will again this year. Droughts, animal activists and trade agreements are just a few of the reasons why Americans may pay more in food prices in 2015.         

Cargill Sells Texas Cattle Feed to Calif.-Based Family Operator

January 14, 2015 12:25 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

Cargill announced the future closure of Lockney, related to the shutdown of the company's Plainview, Texas, beef processing facility on February 1, 2013. The plant closed primarily due to drought that had severely limited the region's cattle supplies. 

Chipotle: No Pork at a Third of Restaurants

January 14, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

A spokesman for the Mexican food chain said it's the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos and bowls. He said Chipotle learned of the violation by the supplier on Friday through a routine audit, and did not have a timeline for when carnitas would return to affected stores, about a third of its total base.

Patty Fill System

January 14, 2015 7:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The interweaving strands allow for excellent transfer of heat through the product, making cooking times faster and patties more uniform. 

How Restaurants Can Cope With Higher Food Prices in 2015

January 13, 2015 9:10 am | by Andrew Kanzer, Head of Sales, Swift Capital | Articles | Comments

Regardless of the industry’s increases, food prices are expected to reach their highest annual increases in three years, which could hinder many businesses. In July, average food prices were up 7.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

MorningStar Farms Recalls Black Bean Burgers For Undeclared Allergen

January 12, 2015 2:45 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

MorningStar Farms is issuing a voluntary recall of certain code dates of Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers because they may contain undeclared peanut.                     

Winter Lobsters Could Bolster Fishery During Shrimp Shutdown

January 12, 2015 1:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many Maine lobstermen use the shrimp season as a source of income during the winter, when lobsters are both in lower demand and harder to catch. But regulators have shut down the shrimp season for two straight years because of a collapsed shrimp population.

China Arrests More Than 100 People For Selling Pork From Diseased Pigs

January 12, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in China have arrested more than 110 people on suspicion of selling pork from diseased pigs in the country's latest food safety scandal. More than 1,000 tons of contaminated pork and 48 tons of cooking oil produced from the meat have been seized in the operation.

Cargill to Close Missouri Meat Plant, Lay Off More Than 100 Workers

January 12, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill Inc. says it plans to close its Springfield meat slicing and packaging plant and move the work to two other states. The move will cost about 118 people their jobs when the plant closes on March 11.            

4 Charged Under Utah's Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Law

January 9, 2015 10:40 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four animal activists who took pictures of a large southwestern Utah hog farm have pleaded not guilty to charges filed under a controversial law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.      

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