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Seafood Producers Affected By 2011 Quake Slow to Recover Sales

March 6, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A poll of Japanese processed seafood producers affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami showed Friday that only 40 percent have seen sales recover to 80 percent or more of pre-disaster levels.

Serious Strain of Bird Flu Found in Minn. Turkey Flock

March 6, 2015 8:35 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A strain of bird flu that's deadly to poultry has been found in a Minnesota commercial turkey flock but the risk to humans is low, state and federal officials announced Thursday.

Local Meat in High Demand; Butcher Profession Dwindling

March 6, 2015 8:10 am | by SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Demand for locally produced beef is surging as never before, but the butchers who for generations have prepared and sold meat to customers and markets are a dwindling profession. Thousands of butchers are approaching retirement age across the country.

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Case Study: Perfecting Food Process Through Collaboration

March 5, 2015 8:25 am | by Power PR | Articles | Comments

Food processors are utilizing R&D test kitchens that combine equipment and processes from multiple manufacturers to gather scientific data and perfect the final product.

McDonald's to Switch to Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.

Cuba Looks North to US Farmers for Help with Food Crisis

March 4, 2015 7:45 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cuba spends roughly $2 billion a year to import about 80 percent of its food and a long-standing humanitarian exception to the trade embargo allows U.S. farmers to fill some of that demand. After years of declining sales, mostly Republican states sold nearly $300 million of food to the island last year, primarily frozen chicken and soybean products

Meat Distributor Sued After Worker Killed in Running Blender

March 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a cleaning worker who was killed when he fell into a running industrial meat blender at an Oregon plant is suing the meat distributor for $5 million. The lawsuit filed last week accused Interstate Meat Distributors of failing to follow safety procedures.

Popeyes CEO on Rivals, Why Deep-Fried Wins on Menus

March 3, 2015 1:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder addresses a number of topics about her company and the fast-food industry in a wide-ranging Q&A with The Associated Press.

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What's the Most Expensive Food in the World?

March 3, 2015 11:00 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Phil Lempert of The Lempert Report says a fish farmer in Austria is offering a caviar dish for a small price of $114,000 per kilo. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most expensive food on record is another kind of caviar. So why is this new one worth so much more?

Immersion Spiral Freezer

March 3, 2015 6:30 am | by Linde LLC | Product Releases | Comments

This new Immersion Spiral Freezer combines the best of two cryogenic technologies. Immersion in liquid nitrogen (at minus 320 oF) is the fastest way to crust-freeze food, while a spiral stage can freeze with a high level of consistency and efficiency in a limited floor space.

Video Addresses Myth That BSE is a Common Health Threat

March 2, 2015 10:20 am | by NAMI | News | Comments

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is a major concern for beef producers around the world and generates headlines on the rare occasions it is found, but the newest Meat MythCrusher video rebuts the claim that it is a ‘common’ threat to human and animal health.

Nebraska Meat Plant Closure to Cost 125 People Their Jobs

February 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Land O' Frost meat plant in West Point, Nebraska told its employees that production will continue into the second quarter of the year at the former Wimmer's plant, giving them time to find other jobs.

Nebraska Beef Processing Plant Proposed by Investors

February 25, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investors said they have been meeting with officials from Gering and Bridgeport to discuss the cities as potential sites for the processing plant. The 170,000-square-foot facility could be a game changer for local economies when it opens in two years.

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Study: Power of Meat Remains Strong at Retail

February 24, 2015 8:35 am | by FMI, NAMI | News | Comments

Meat and poultry products remain among the top choices for shoppers at retail, but the tenth annual Power of Meat study published by the Food Marketing Institute and North American Meat Institute highlights several trends in the way consumers are changing their purchasing behavior.

VIDEO: Fish Farm Goes Vegetarian to Save Seafood

February 23, 2015 9:15 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Fish farms have a big problem: They’ve been making feed out of sardines and anchovies from the oceans, a source that could be depleted within a few decades. A California company called Two X Sea could have a solution.

Johnsonville Sausage CEO to Retire, Oscar Mayer Exec to Replace

February 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in the company's history, Johnsonville Sausage will not be led by a member of the Stayer family. Ralph Stayer has led the privately owned Sheboygan Falls company for the last 47 years.

E Roto-Flow Portioning Machine

February 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The 8/65 E Roto-Flow Portioning Machine with PLC control makes it easy to change the patty stack count and conveyor travel during operation.

NAMI Applauds Agreement in Nine-Month West Coast Port Labor Dispute

February 23, 2015 7:15 am | by NAMI | News | Comments

The dispute and resulting slowdowns have cost the meat, poultry, hide, skin and leather industries an estimated $85 million a week. While the deal between the two sides is a crucial step to ending this slowdown, the impact will continue to be felt.

Butterball Acquires Second North Carolina Processing Facility

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by Butterball, LLC | News | Comments

The purchase of the facility, closed by its previous owners in December 2014, will help Butterball continue to meet growing consumer demand for a variety of Butterball turkey products.

Police: Meat Plant Employee Charged in Co-Worker's Death After Prank

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank.

Bacon-Wrapped Pizza Latest Offering in Bacon Craze

February 19, 2015 10:21 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Little Caesars is debuting a new pizza with 3-1/2 feet of bacon wrapped around the crust. This latest creative cuisine to satisfy bacon-lovers brings to mind some of the other more creative dishes featuring bacon.

Slaughterhouse Owner Pleads Guilty in Tainted Beef Case

February 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that Jesse Amaral Jr., owner of the defunct Rancho Feeding Corp. based in Petaluma, California, admitted guilt to distributing adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat. Amaral is the third person to plead guilty in the conspiracy that sparked beef recalls.

CFIA Says Alberta Mad Cow Disease Born 2 Years After Feed Ban

February 19, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's food safety organization says a cow discovered on an Alberta farm with mad cow disease was born two years after the government imposed a tougher ban on animal feed to guard against the disease.

1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Stabbing at Meat Processing Plant

February 18, 2015 1:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead another injured. Officers say two men were involved in a fight outside the facility, and both were left with stab and slash wounds.

4.3K Pounds of Pork Sausage Products Recalled in Michigan

February 18, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a business is recalling about 4,300 pounds of pork sausage products in Michigan due to mislabeling and an undeclared allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall late Tuesday by Bay City-based Michigan Brand Inc.

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