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Turkey Production Down, Wholesale Prices Up as Thanksgiving Approaches

November 17, 2014 10:20 am | by BILL DRAPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's anticipated stock is 235 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service — the lowest since 1986, when U.S. farmers produced roughly 207 million birds.     

Cod Restrictions Will Cost Consumers Who Buy Local

November 14, 2014 1:49 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supply from countries like Iceland and Norway, as well as Alaska, is steady enough that a lack of Gulf of Maine cod is unlikely to affect prices overall. But customers who prefer locally caught fish will probably soon have to pay more at markets and restaurants.

Petition Filed to Protect Yellowstone Bison

November 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wildlife advocates have filed a formal petition to protect the wild bison herds. They say the Yellowstone animals face numerous threats; that includes a capture and slaughter program that has killed more than 3,600 bison since 2000 to prevent the spread of disease carried by many bison.

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FDA Guards Against Food Spoilage, Contamination

November 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

Specialists in a FDA laboratory in Arkansas use their sense of smell to detect odors of decomposition to make sure domestic and imported seafood and seafood products are fit for consumption.                 

25K Pounds of Frozen Turkeys Spilled on Highway Will be Donated

November 13, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The approximately 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys that an overturned tractor-trailer spilled on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving will be donated to a local food bank. A health inspector determined the turkeys are still safe to eat. 

Oscar Mayer to Eliminate Hundreds of Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 13, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs. The company informed employees that the changes will be complete by the end of the year.              

Purdue Economist Says Turkeys Will be More Expensive This Year

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Purdue University agricultural economist Corinne Alexander tracks food price trends and says wholesale prices of turkeys are expected to be 8 percent to 10 percent higher than last year.              

25K Pounds of Frozen Turkeys Spill on Calif. Highway

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

A tractor-trailer has overturned and spilled about 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving.                           

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Hawaii Firm Recalls Pork Products

November 12, 2014 10:59 am | by USDA | News | Comments

Kulana Foods Ltd, a Hilo, Hawaii establishment, is recalling approximately 4,465 pounds of frozen, fully cooked pork products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.                     

Top 100 Steakhouses in America

November 12, 2014 10:11 am | by OpenTable | News | Comments

Including well-established meat meccas and newer steak restaurants, the complete list of award winners spans 32 states and Washington, D.C., and includes Bones in Atlanta, Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland, Texas, and Lawry's The Prime Rib in Las Vegas.

VIDEO: Marine Biologist on Tuna Preservation

November 10, 2014 10:53 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

The population of bluefin tuna near Japan is threatened due to overfishing. Marine biologist Shana Miller joins "CBS This Morning Saturday" to discuss how the world is working to save the fish.               

91-Year Old Meat Processing Company on a Roll

November 10, 2014 10:45 am | by ARNOLD S. PLATOU, The Herald-Mail | News | Comments

Hoffman's Quality Meats has increased its business and employment since it was purchased in 2011 by a family partnership headed by two young entrepreneurs who wanted to find, nurture and grow longtime businesses like Hoffman's.    

Burger King Enters 100th Country With Opening of First Restaurant in India

November 10, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Burger King Worldwide, Inc. announced the opening of the first Burger King restaurant in New Delhi. This event marks not only its debut in India, but also a milestone for the Burger King brand, which is now operating in its 100th country.   

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Lawsuit Blames Bad Meatloaf For Deaths of WV Lawmaker, Husband

November 10, 2014 9:34 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Delegate Virginia Starcher's family filed the lawsuit last month against New Albany, Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms in Jackson County Circuit Court. The lawsuit blames the restaurant's bad meatloaf for the deaths of the former state lawmaker and her husband.

Beef or Chicken? Beef Prices Hit Fast-Food Chains

November 7, 2014 10:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The soaring prices have hurt fast-food restaurants that feature beef as the centerpiece of their menus: Burger King, Wendy's and McDonald's — the nation's three biggest burger chains — all say they're dealing with higher beef costs.  

Q&A: How Packaging Suppliers Support Canneries During Salmon Season

November 6, 2014 2:43 pm | by Crown Holdings, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to packaging seafood, there may indeed be a lot of fish in the sea, but sometimes there’s only a short time to catch them. Nowhere is this truer than in the salmon industry, which gives fishermen and canneries just over two months to catch and package the fish.

McDonald's Japan Logs 7.5B Yen Loss on Meat Scandal

November 6, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of a food safety scandal involving a China-based meat supplier, sales slumped for McDonald's Japan. The company reported a group net loss of 7.54 billion yen for the January to September period.            

Rising Beef Costs Cut Into Wendy's Profit

November 6, 2014 9:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The hamburger chain reported a lower-than-expected profit for its third quarter, noting that beef costs were "much higher than our initial projections." It also said it expects the "record high" costs to continue.          

VIDEO: What's Really Inside That McRib?

November 5, 2014 12:11 pm | by McDonald's | Videos | Comments

Is it real pork? Why is it that shape? Some of the biggest questions about our food revolves around the McRib, so Grant Imahara and a McDonald’s skeptic are going to Lopez foods, one of our U.S. pork suppliers, to find answers. Watch to see what goes into a McRib patty.

StarKist Tuna Chosen as One of 'Healthiest Grab-and-Go Lunches'

November 4, 2014 9:00 am | by StarKist Co. | News | Comments

StarKist has been recognized on Women's Health respected 2014 "Supermarket Stars" list. Compiled every year, the "Supermarket Stars" list highlights the healthiest packaged foods for women. Hundreds of products are submitted to the magazine each year.

FDA's Proposed Fish Advisory Could Increase Mercury Poisoning

November 3, 2014 11:45 am | by Mercury Policy Project | News | Comments

A new advisory recommending increased fish consumption for pregnant women could increase mercury poisoning in newborns, according to physicians and consumer groups. Groups point out that recommendation to simply "eat more fish" is oversimplified and unlikely to achieve the intended benefits.

Bison Day: Americans Celebrate a National Icon

November 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Wildlife Conservation Society | News | Comments

Bison production is in its strongest economic condition in more than a decade. The total value of privately owned bison on more than 2,500 bison ranches in the U.S. was estimated to exceed $280 million in 2013. Bison ranches provide a sustainable and healthy meat source, and contribute to our nation’s food security.

Duck Farming Fading Away on New York's Long Island

November 3, 2014 9:02 am | by FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Long Island duck is quietly fading into the history books. By the end of this year there will be only one duck farm left on Long Island; that's down from a high of more than 100 in the early 1960s that produced up to 7.5 million succulent birds annually.

Red Lobster Goes Back Into its Shell

November 3, 2014 8:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The struggling seafood chain plans to announce another revamped menu that removes dishes, while tacking on more dishes featuring lobster. The non-seafood dishes had been added in hopes of attracting people who don't like seafood as sales declined. 

VIDEO: Are You Eating Plastic For Dinner?

October 30, 2014 1:55 pm | by National Geographic | Videos | Comments

This video dives into how our consumption of plastics has affected marine species deaths and increased human health risks, and it explores possible long-term solutions. Motion graphic artist Andreas Tanner educates viewers on all aspects of plastic production, consumption and breakdown.

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