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Photo: Illinois Grills Up a 100-Foot-Long Bratwurst

September 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Belleville News-Democrat, Belleville, Illinois | News | Comments

Silver Creek Saloon in Illinois hosted a practice run for the city's 200th anniversary celebration, where the volunteers will attempt to grill a 200-foot-long bratwurst, by carefully grilling a 100-foot-long bratwurst.            

McDonald's Aug. Sales Continue to Plummet From China Scandal

September 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. said earlier this month that it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt its sales and reputation.                     

Processing Alligators For Food is a Growing Business

September 8, 2014 9:30 am | by CHAD GILLIS, The News-Press | News | Comments

Processing facilities must be certified by the USDA in order to legally sell meat to the public or restaurants. Securing the certification is not the only challenge. The smell produced when skinning and processing alligator meat is somewhat gamey — somewhere between a fish market and a pile of hamburger meat.

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Dietary Recommendations May Be Tied to Increased Gas Emissions

September 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Martin Heller and Gregory Keoleian of U-M's Center for Sustainable Systems looked at the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of about 100 foods, as well as the potential effects of shifting Americans to a diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Raw Pork Recalled in Alberta for Possible E. Coli Outbreak

September 5, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the two Alberta food companies, V and T Meat and Food in Calgary and Hiep Thanh Trading in Edmonton, are recalling some of their raw pork products due to possible E. coli contamination.       

Meat, Cheese Maker to Build Indiana Plant

September 5, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Boar's Head Brand, maker of premium meats and cheeses, announced its plans to build a meat processing plant in central Indiana. The company says the facility will create more than 200 new jobs over the next few years.        

St. Louis Rams Move the Chains on Responsibly-Sourced Meat

September 5, 2014 8:45 am | by Animal Welfare Approved | News | Comments

This football season, the St. Louis Rams are taking a stand on sustainable food production. Football fans at the Rams' stadium will enjoy the first ever high-welfare, sustainable hot dogs and burgers served by stadium concessions.    

USDA to Buy Up to $13M in Canned Pink Salmon

September 4, 2014 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA has agreed to buy the canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen. Earlier this year, the agency purchased $20 million worth of canned salmon.                 

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Recovery Knocks 21 Fish Species From Seafood Watch List

September 3, 2014 12:20 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Monterey Bay Aquarium upgraded the 21 species of West Coast bottom-dwelling fish known as ground fish from its "avoid" category on the Seafood Watch list, meaning the food industry and consumers now should feel free to sell and eat those fish without guilt.

Consumer Trends: Chicken-Eaters Want More 'Humanely Raised' Meat

September 2, 2014 11:00 am | by ASPCA | News | Comments

In response to National Chicken Month, ASPCA encourages consumers to request more humanely raised chicken options from their grocery stores. The survey shows consumers want more humanely raised chickens because they feel it leads to safer chicken products.

Maine Company Recalls More Than 25K Pounds of Beef

September 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Bubier Meats of Greene, a Maine company, is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease.                      

Vermont Bistro Scolded For Removing its Bacon Sign

August 29, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sneakers Bistro and Cafe in Winooski, Vermont removed its bacon advertisement and was called insensitive to vegans and Muslims for doing so. Comments were posted in an online forum by "a vegan and a member of a Muslim household."    

Are South Korea's Dog-Eating Days Over?

August 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The long tradition of eating dog meat in South Korea is such that a respected 17th century book on Korean medicine extols its health benefits. But today it is an increasingly tough sell and a less attractive dining option for young South Koreans.

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Bait Dumping Offers Invaders Path to Great Lakes

August 28, 2014 11:00 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Researchers with Central Michigan University and the University of Notre Dame tested water samples from tanks containing small fish for sale as bait at more than 500 shops across the eight states on the lakes and found that 27 tested positive for invasive species' DNA.

NJ Company Recalls Chicken Cutlets Over Listeria Concerns

August 28, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials announced Tnuva USA, a Fairfield-based company, is recalling more than 8,300 pounds of chicken cutlets because of possible listeria contamination.                      

Government Says Tyson Foods Must Sell Sow-Buying Business

August 28, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice said Tyson Foods must sell its sow purchasing business, Heinold Hog Markets, in order to preserve competition for farmers who sell sows, or female pigs.                 

Bad Catch: FDA Investigating Large Maine Processor

August 27, 2014 2:02 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA in February sent a letter to Rockland-based Linda Bean's citing the firm for "significant violations" in the way it processed seafood. As one of Maine's largest lobster processors, the company is now under investigation by the federal agency.

Urban Tours Offer Fun for Foodies

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by The GO Group, LLC | News | Comments

From the LA Cycle Taco Tour to the Yummy Walks Seafood and Chowda Tour in Boston, foodies of varying preferences can enjoy a new way to explore the city. Take one of these tours selected by the travel experts at The GO Group and eat your way through town.

Seafood of the Future May Come From Unexpected Sources

August 26, 2014 1:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

The Institute of Food Technologists FutureFood 2050 initiative talks with an oceanographer, a chef, a biochemist, an advocate and an entrepreneur about new and innovative ways to address the global challenge of feeding the world healthfully with limited resources.

The Chemistry Behind BBQ

August 26, 2014 12:30 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) | News | Comments

With tailgating season not far ahead, many people are firing up the grill to make some barbecued food. With only one goal in mind, most consumers aren't thinking about the science behind the barbecue. An IFT spokesperson provides some insight.

Where the Original Buffalo Chicken Wing Got its Start

August 26, 2014 12:00 pm | by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Visitors often flock to Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York for some homemade chicken wings. But, these aren't just any wings. This is the home of the original Buffalo chicken wings. The dish was developed in 1964, and 50 years later the Main Street eatery remains a must-see.

Hard to Swallow? Burger King May Move to Canada

August 26, 2014 9:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, MICHELLE CHAPMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Customers are voicing their discontent with the 60-year-old hamburger chain because of its plans to relocate its headquarters from Miami to Canada in a deal that could lower its taxes. Burger King's Facebook page was littered with negative comments about the potential deal.

Calif. Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Processing Cows With Cancer

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Co-owner of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., a Northern California slaughterhouse, has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges accusing him of processing cows with cancer. Operations were halted in February after a series of recalls.   

The First Offshore Shellfish Ranch to Decrease Trade Deficit

August 22, 2014 8:40 am | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

This week, The Lempert Report Innovation Series featured Catalina Sea Ranch, the first to develop an open ocean shellfish ranch in the United States that will create jobs and help reduce America's $10 billion seafood deficit.    

Nestle Pushes For Humane Treatment of Animals in Supply Chain

August 21, 2014 1:30 pm | by Nestle USA | News | Comments

Thousands of farms that supply Nestle with their dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will now have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Nestle has signed an agreement pledging to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain.

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