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Seafood Ice Mats

July 24, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ice mats are soaked in saltwater and then frozen. Once frozen, they are laid over the crates containing live seafood to help maintain freshness. Perfect for lobster and crab.

China Police Detain Employees of 'Organized' Expired Meat Scandal

July 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese police have detained five employees of Husi Food Company after investigators found the expired beef and chicken scandal to be an organized effort by the supplier. The scandal has alarmed Chinese diners and disrupted operations for fast food chains.

Japan Increases Quarantine Checks on Food Imports

July 23, 2014 8:55 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

The expired meat scandal from China has spread to Japan, leading the government to enhance the check system to prevent problematic food from entering Japan. Shanghai Husi Food Co. has sold outdated chicken and beef to Japanese retailers and restaurants.

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USDA Hire Stokes Dietary Guidelines Controversy

July 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by The National Center for Public Policy Research | News | Comments

The appointment of Angela Tagtow, a controversial 'environmental nutritionist', to head the USDA's Nutrition Policy and Promotion is facing criticism about politicization of federal nutrition advice and its consequences for public health.

Changing Eating Habits Causes McDonald's Sales to Slip

July 22, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest hamburger chain, McDonald's, is struggling to boost its sales due to changing eating habits and the persistent financial struggles of lower-income customers. Sales fell approximately 1.5 percent for the second quarter.

China's Meat Scandal Spreads to Starbucks and Travels to Japan

July 22, 2014 9:53 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scandal surrounding meat supplier Husi Food has added to a string of safety scares in China over expired beef and chicken that have left the public wary of restaurants and other suppliers. The meat scandal has tainted popular restaurant chains and spread to Japan.

Beef Produces 5 Times More Gases Than Pork, Eggs

July 22, 2014 8:00 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

According to a new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, beef produces five times the amount of heat-trapped gases per calorie. Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption. 

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? To Get to Your Plate

July 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by National Chicken Council | News | Comments

The National Chicken Council says more consumers are choosing chicken. In a study, the average number of meals or snacks that contained chicken eaten by survey respondents in the two weeks prior to the survey was 6.1, up 17 percent from 2012 findings.

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Halifax-Area Meat Market Recalls Beef, Pork for Metal Filings

July 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Gateway Meat Market in Dartmouth, near Halifax, is advising its customers to avoid eating any ground beef and pork sold by them. The Agriculture Department says the products might look OK to eat, but doing so could be a health risk.

NC B. Roberts Foods Recalls 200 Pounds of Chicken

July 21, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

B. Roberts Foods of Charlotte, North Carolina is recalling 200 pounds of grilled chicken entrees for mislabeling and containing milk, an allergen not declared on the label. Among the products recalled are Harris Teeter, Fresh Foods Market and Deli-Bakery.

Peoria Packing Company Recalls Beef Jerky

July 21, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Peoria, Illinois-based Raber's Packing Company is recalling 21 pounds of beef jerky for improper inspection. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the product was sold in 25-ounce bags labeled "Grand Champion Raber's Beef Jerky."

Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labels Take Effect Next Month in Canada

July 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canadian shoppers will soon be seeing labels on their meat notifying them if it has been mechanically tenderized. The regulations taking effect Aug. 21 are designed to protect consumers after the largest meat recall in the country's history two years ago.  

McDonald's, KFC in China Are Supplied Expired Meat

July 21, 2014 8:00 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's and KFC in China said a supplier, Husi Food Co., sold them expired beef and chicken. The report added to a series of food safety scares in China that have battered public confidence in dairies and fast food outlets.

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9 Emerging Pet Food Trends for Man's Best Friend

July 18, 2014 11:45 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Did you know 51 percent of dog owners believe that pet food made in the U.S. is the most important factor in their purchasing decisions? Consumers who consider their pet a member of the family should read on to find out the nine emerging trends in gourmet pet food.

German Sausage Makers Fined $460M for Price Fixing

July 18, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority is imposing fines totaling $460 million on 21 sausage manufacturers, including Nestle subsidiary Herta and Meica, for colluding to push through higher prices and agreeing on price ranges for various products.

Inspection Agency Suspends License of Saskatchewan Beef Plant

July 18, 2014 9:29 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Northern Natural Processing LP, a beef slaughter plant in southeastern Saskatchewan, had its license suspended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The suspension is due to the operator of the plant failing to use corrective measures to ensure the safety of the meat.

EU's Fear of 'Chlorine Chicken' Complicates US Trade Talks

July 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

A year ago, President Barack Obama and his European peers sought an agreement to create the trading bloc by the end of 2014. Now, the thought of chlorine-drenched chickens on the dinner table is driving the EU away from the free trade agreement.

CFIA Investigation Leads to Recall of Podravka Brand Lunch Meat

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Marketwired | News | Comments

The investigations of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lead to the recall of Podravka luncheon meat. The product recall is from an undeclared milk ingredient in the meat. Consumers with an allergy to dairy are being advised not to consume the product.

Ancient Farming Method Makes a Comeback

July 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

Urban Organics, a Minnesota-based company, is taking an ancient farming method and making it trendy. Aquaponics, a technique that grows vegetables in water and uses fish waste for nourishment, is featured in this week's segment of "The Lempert Report" Innovation Series.

Infographic: Grocery Prices Skyrocket as Beef, Fruit Costs are Up

July 17, 2014 8:08 am | by Labor Department USDA | News | Comments

The rise in prices of certain foods, like beef and fresh fruits, is outpacing overall inflation. With the pricey costs of eating, there has also been a hike in consumer-price indexes for food at home, more commonly known as groceries. 

Slicing System

July 17, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The slicing system reduces giveaway and increases yields with a patented technology that provides complete automated control of each log being delivered to the blade.

Americans More Concerned About Food Waste Than GMOs

July 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by Sealed Air | News | Comments

As populations skyrocket, global demand for food has never been higher. But in the U.S., more than one-third of the food produced is never eaten and a new survey shows that food waste is near the top of the list of consumers' environmental concerns.

Consumer Trends: Top 30 Barbecue Restaurants in America

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by OpenTable, Inc. | News | Comments

OpenTable honors our nation's longstanding love affair with barbecuing by announcing the top 30 best barbecue restaurants in America. These awards reflect the opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews. From Maryland to California, what beats your eats?

Harsh Winter Keeps Maine Lobster from Shedding Shells

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cold winter may be to blame for the lobster population not having shed its shells yet. The harvesting season usually begins in mid June, and has not happened yet this year. Some lobstermen are reporting catches half the size they saw at this time last year.

Reduced Food Prices Bring Grocery Bill Relief

July 16, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After four months of increases, wholesale food prices fell 0.2 percent in May. That should bring some grocery bill relief. Food costs had been rising because crops were damaged by a drought in California and brutal winter storms in the Midwest.

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