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USDA's New Poultry Inspections: Necessary or Problematic?

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

In a move that is said to result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year, the Obama Administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in half a century. But why are the USDA's new requirements so controversial?

Cargill Hosts Job Fair to Help Employees of Milwaukee Plant Closure

August 11, 2014 1:53 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is hosting a job fair to help employees of the Milwaukee Cargill plant that recently closed. A shortage in the cattle supply forced the beef processing facility to close its doors on August 1.

Maine Codfish Numbers Hit All-Time Low

August 11, 2014 9:40 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Codfish catches have plummeted, with Maine dropping from more than 560 metric tons in 2009 to less than 130 metric tons last year. Massachusetts, the most productive cod-fishing state in the Northeast, fell from 6,810 metric tons in 2011 to 4,075 metric tons in 2012.

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Salmonella Trial Shows Food Safety Relies on Honor System

August 11, 2014 9:22 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Trial witnesses say employees at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped tainted products and sent customers lab results from other clean batches rather than wait for tests to confirm their products were free of deadly bacteria.   

FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited to Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food safety inspector for the FDA was sent to investigate conditions at the Georgia peanut plant that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak for its tainted peanuts. The agent said the plant was not fit to produce food for human consumption.

NC Residents Divided on Proposed Poultry Plant

August 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms wants to build a $113 million poultry processing plant in an industrial park in Fayetteville, North Carolina. City residents have differing opinions about the plant. Opponents worry about the amount of water the plant will need to operate.

Utah Judge Refuses to Block Lawsuit Challenging 'Ag-Gag' Law

August 8, 2014 9:03 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled that animal rights activists can continue their lawsuit seeking to overturn Utah's 'ag-gag' law — a law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms. Activists say the law is designed to silence them.

Infographic: Food Industry Worth $2.45T by Next Year

August 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Clean Rental | News | Comments

Discover the opportunities for growth in the food industry and where the challenges lie. This infographic by Clean Rental shows that poultry product manufacturing has room to grow by exporting, utilizing feed research and increasing production speed lines.

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Indiana Meat Plant to Begin Operations Next Year

August 8, 2014 7:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sugar Creek Packing Co. in eastern Indiana is expected to begin operations in July 2015. The meat packing plant will invest $100 million in construction, equipment and land acquisition near Cambridge City. The food facility is expected to bring 400 jobs to the state.

Bad Bite: A Tick Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat

August 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

This bizarre problem was only discovered a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread from the Southwest and the East to more parts of the United States. In some cases, eating a burger or a steak has landed people in the hospital with severe allergic reactions.

Russia Bans US Food Imports in Retaliation to Western Sanctions

August 7, 2014 9:57 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned all imports of meat, fish, milk, milk products, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union and other countries. Russia depends heavily on imported food, particularly in the largest city of Moscow.

Study Reveals Seafood is More Tainted With Mercury

August 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Researchers have found new results that show more mercury from human sources is showing up in seafood. The new results don't provide any immediate conclusions about eating fish, but too much methylmercury-tainted seafood is already known to pose a risk. 

US Pork Weighs in on Important Trade Matters

August 6, 2014 9:49 am | by National Pork Producers Council | News | Comments

The National Pork Producers Council insists that U.S. trade negotiators get from Japan a deal on pork similar to the one the United States got from South Korea and is urging lawmakers to exclude South Africa from a U.S. preferential trade measure.

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Meat Labeling Webinar: How to Comply With COOL Ruling

August 6, 2014 8:04 am | by METTLER TOLEDO | News | Comments

The mandatory country-of-origin labeling ruling for meat and meat products can create confusion on how to properly package products with the label. Mettler Toledo now offers a meat labeling webinar to help ensure retailers are compliant with regulations.

Consumers Want Foods With High-Protein Levels

August 5, 2014 11:45 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

According to a new report by Packaged Foods, Americans make it a point to get enough protein from the foods and beverages they consume. Consumers continue to seek out protein for a variety of health and wellness concerns, but also to increase maintenance of the body.

McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's sales are hurting from a scandal over a meat supplier in China late last month. The hamburger chain said there has been "significant negative impact" in China, Japan and other affected markets. These regions make up 10 percent of the chain's revenue.

Japan, China Prepare Meeting Over Food Safety

August 5, 2014 9:05 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

Japanese and Chinese governments are preparing to meet later this month on finding ways to meet food safety standards. The meeting follows the recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by the Chinese food supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co. 

Maine Meat Plant to Build Slaughterhouse

August 5, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Northeast Meats, a meat processing facility in Gardiner, Maine, is planning to open a slaughterhouse a few miles away from its plant. The company bought a lot from Gardiner at Libby Hill Business Park. The facility would slaughter poultry and red meat. 

VIDEO: Johnsonville to Host "Bratsgiving Day"

August 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by Johnsonville Sausage, LLC | News | Comments

Johnsonville is celebrating a new holiday by hosting the first "Bratsgiving Day," to recognize the sausage holiday on August 16, known as National Bratwurst Day. The new holiday takes favorite holidays, like Christmas and Thanksgiving, and spices them up with bratwursts.

Oscar Mayer Gives Consumers Another Reason to Love Bacon

August 4, 2014 1:53 pm | by Kraft Foods Group, Inc. | News | Comments

Oscar Mayer expands bacon beyond the breakfast table with new Bacon Jerky snacks. As the average American is transitioning from eating full meals to snacking more throughout the day, the company wanted to make the meat available to bacon-lovers all day long.

USDA: Poultry Companies Not Allowed to Speed Up Production

August 4, 2014 9:50 am | by National Council of La Raza | News | Comments

After two years of intense advocacy from workers, the USDA has issued a final rule that will not allow poultry companies to speed up production lines. With line speed being the major factor in injuries among poultry workers, the final rule puts worker safety first.

Jersey Shore Reels in Visitors With Major Seafood Business

August 4, 2014 9:05 am | by JACQUELINE L. URGO, The Philadelphia Inquirer | News | Comments

Commercial fishing and its related industries produce about 50,000 jobs in New Jersey, of which about 3,000 commercial fishermen operating about 1,500 vessels are employed to supply the 15 seafood processing facilities and 81 wholesalers operating in the state.

USDA to Overhaul Poultry Inspections for First Time in 50 Years

August 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

From a rule that was originally proposed by the USDA in 2012, the Obama Administration is now overhauling chicken plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years. This move could prevent more than 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year.

Infographic: Breakfast by the Numbers

August 1, 2014 8:20 am | by Hartman Group | News | Comments

In the 20th century, cereal helped redefine breakfast as a health moment. Breakfast beverages also arose to give us a heavy dose of nutrition to start our day. But what is the industry seeing today? Research by Hartman-Group shows what we eat depends on when we eat.

Cargill to Close Milwaukee Beef Plant Due to Cattle Shortage

July 31, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill is planning to close its Milwaukee beef-processing plant, putting more than 600 people out of work. The meat producer says the drought of 2011 and 2012 in the Midwest hurt cattle levels, and the shortage is at its lowest level since 1951.

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