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Calif. Company Recalls More Than 48K Pounds of Frozen Beef, Pork

January 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Unibright Foods of Bell Gardens is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of frozen beef and pork that may be contaminated with metal.                       

Frozen Seafood Company to Close Massachusetts Plant

January 9, 2015 8:25 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

High Liner Foods Inc. is moving to reduce excess capacity at its U.S. manufacturing network and cease production at one of its frozen seafood plants in Massachusetts. Some employees will be moved directly to positions at other High Liner facilities and rest will be able to apply for openings.

Jack Link's Beef Jerky Recognized as Sustainability Leader

January 8, 2015 2:00 pm | by Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council | News | Comments

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky has been recognized as a 2014 Green Master in the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Masters Program. As a Green Master, Jack Link’s joins a select group of companies scoring in the top 20% of the program.

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Avian Flu Causes Emergency Poultry Quarantine in Washington

January 8, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Washington Agriculture Department declared an emergency quarantine for domestic poultry and eggs in the southeast part of the state to contain the highly contagious avian flu. The quarantine prevents the movement of chickens, turkeys and other birds that could carry the virus.

Federal Judge Blocks California's Ban on Foie Gras

January 8, 2015 10:15 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson on Wednesday permanently blocked the state attorney general from enforcing part of the foie gras ban that took effect in 2012, finding that the federal government's authority to regulate poultry products supersedes the state law.

Judge Upholds Sanctions For No-Show in Burger Needle Lawsuit

January 7, 2015 12:05 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Clark Bartholomew, a retired soldier, violated a court order when he didn't attend the September conference to settle the lawsuit over needles he found in a Burger King sandwich at a Hawaii Army base. He had filed the lawsuit after swallowing the needles. 

Frozen Sandwich Maker to Hire 200 Workers For Mississippi Plant

January 7, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Raybern Foods, a California company, will soon be making sandwiches in a former meat processing factory near Tupelo. The company plans to invest more than $10 million and hire 200 people to make frozen deli sandwiches in a 130,000 square foot building in Shannon.

Ex-Manager of US Halal Food Supplier Agreed to Cooperate in Fraud Case

January 7, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fired manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier accused of fraud agreed to cooperate with prosecutors months ago under a plea deal. The agreement shows Phillip Payne agreed to "fully and completely cooperate" in the investigation of the Midamar Corp.

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Idaho, Texas Companies to Build $100M Meatpacking Plant in SW Idaho

January 7, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. and Texas-based Caviness Beef Packers plan to build a $100 million meatpacking plant in southwestern Idaho. Simplot officials in an announcement yesterday said the plant near Kuna will employ 600 workers.    

Tracing Chicken Flu Virus Yields Insight Into Origins of Deadly H7N9 Strain

January 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital | News | Comments

An international research team has shown how changes in a flu virus that has plagued Chinese poultry farms for decades helped create the novel avian H7N9 influenza A virus that has sickened more than 375 people since 2013.       

Do Eggs Deserve the 'Superfood' Crown?

January 6, 2015 9:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

If your New Year’s resolution includes eating healthy or losing weight, eggs just might be your golden ticket. In a recent release, Gemperle Farms even went as far as to promote the egg as the “ultimate superfood in 2015.”     

McDonald's Campaign Looks to Rekindle 'Lovin' '

January 5, 2015 1:20 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers, the company on Friday unveiled a new marketing strategy and ads it says will emphasize the "love" in its long-running "I'm Lovin' It" slogan.      

Healthy Eating Guidelines May Consider Environmental Impact

January 5, 2015 9:45 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new focus on the environment would mean asking people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — possibly at the expense of meat. The beef and agriculture industries are crying foul, saying an environmental agenda has no place in what has always been a practical blueprint for a healthy lifestyle.

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US to Resume Beef Imports From Ireland For First Time Since Mad Cow

January 5, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ireland says the United States will permit imports of beef from the country — the first European state allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago. Mad cow disease is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal human brain disease in people who eat meat from infected cows. 

Hong Kong Destroys Poultry From China After Bird Flu Found

December 31, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in Hong Kong began destroying 15,000 chickens at a poultry market Wednesday and suspended imports from mainland China after some birds were found to be infected with bird flu.The market in Cheung Sha Wan in the Kowloon district will be closed and imports suspended for 21 days.

White Castle Offering Veggie Version of Famous Slider

December 31, 2014 6:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The hamburger chain says it will offer the Veggie Slider for 99 cents each for a limited time at its 400 locations in 12 states. The sliders range between 150 and 270 calories, with customers able to choose from three sauces — honey mustard, ranch and sweet Thai.

Poultry Industry Continues to Improve Worker Safety Record

December 30, 2014 7:15 am | by National Chicken Council | News | Comments

The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 80 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline according to the 2013 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Burger Chain Shake Shack Orders Up IPO

December 30, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The burger chain filed for an initial public offering Monday, hoping to raise as much as $100 million. It didn't say how many shares it plans to offer, or at what price, so that number may change.        

Signatures Submitted to Fight California Bag Ban

December 30, 2014 6:30 am | by JUDY LIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.         

Poultry Producers Brace for Bird Flu Fallout

December 29, 2014 9:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Commercial poultry producers say they're concerned the outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu virus found in Washington and Oregon will hurt exports by prompting some nations to impose trade barriers.        

China Jails 4 for 2013 Fatal Fire at Poultry Plant

December 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others, state media reported.

Virginia Agriculture Grants Sprout Jobs, Development

December 29, 2014 8:45 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Projects that have received funding range from dairy operations, a hydroponic tomato growing operation, a packaged foods facility, a poultry processor and a commercial-scale production and processing facility for hops — an important ingredient in brewing beer.

Report: Global Beef Supplies Remain Tight Amid Robust Consumer Demand in Q4

December 24, 2014 8:35 am | by Rabobank | News | Comments

Rabobank says that despite tight global cattle and beef supplies, prices tempered from their Q3 highs. The U.S. remains the major global driver, with import demand affecting prices and volumes for other countries.      

Red Robin Serves Up The Cure Burger for Holiday Hangover Relief

December 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Red Robin | News | Comments

The Cure Burger – a fire-grilled gourmet patty topped with chili, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, mushrooms and a sunny-side up egg on a sesame seed bun and served with Bottomless Steak Fries – is just what the doctor ordered.    

Texas Ranchers Seeking Alternative Incomes

December 22, 2014 10:00 am | by BETSY BLANEY and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Though limited supplies have prompted a record rise in beef prices, more Texas ranchers are leasing part of their property for hunting or selling water to oil companies or desert plants and mistletoe to nurseries. Some are even taking side jobs to make ends meet.

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