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Canadian Shrimp Imports Increase as Maine Fishery Remains Closed

April 20, 2015 8:55 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian imports of the sweet, quarter-sized crustaceans are turning up more in American restaurants and seafood markets since a ban on fishing for Maine shrimp dried up local sources. The value of Canada's shrimp imports to the U.S. grew nearly 20 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Maui Farmers, Fishermen Sue Over Stream Diversions

April 20, 2015 8:20 am | by MELISSA TANJI, The Maui News | News | Comments

A&B, through its subsidiaries, East Maui Irrigation Co. and Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co., diverts around 164 million gallons per day from the East Maui streams for its 36,000 acres of sugar cane fields and provides water for Upcountry residents.

Slow Start to Elver Season Means High Price For Baby Eels

April 17, 2015 12:10 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elvers, also called glass eels, are sold overseas as seed stock for Asian aquaculture companies that raise them to maturity and sell them as food. Maine fishermen are by far the largest supplier of elvers in the U.S. Some end up back in America in restaurants as sushi.

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USDA Says Bird Flu Outbreak Could Prove 'Devastating'

April 17, 2015 9:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years, which would be "devastating," the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer said Thursday.

High-Flying Pork Prices Come Back Down to Earth

April 17, 2015 8:40 am | by Rabobank Group | News | Comments

Pork prices are sharply lower, as robust global supply growth (driven by the US, Russia and Brazil) has outpaced rather subdued demand, dragging producer profitability into negative territory.

NAMI Celebrates 25 Years of Support for ‘Meating the Need’ Partnership with Feeding America

April 17, 2015 7:50 am | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

Food banks in the Feeding America network have received an estimated 200 million pounds of surplus meat and poultry from Institute members during the last 25 years.

MIT Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

April 16, 2015 3:00 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat.

USDA to Propose Standards For Organic Seafood Raised in US

April 16, 2015 8:25 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish year this year. That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years — but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood companies decide to embrace them.

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India's Die-Hard Hindus Push For Beef Slaughter Ban

April 16, 2015 8:00 am | by NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite Hindu beliefs that cows are sacred — and the fact that their slaughter is banned in most of the country — India is the world's fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef. 

Bird Flu Spreads to Iowa Turkey Flock; 6th Midwest State

April 15, 2015 10:20 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bird-flu strain that has already led to the deaths of nearly 2 million turkeys nationwide spread to an Iowa turkey farm, authorities said on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of states hit with the outbreak that was also confirmed at eight more farms in Minnesota.

West Coast Sardine Season Called Off Amid Population Decline

April 14, 2015 8:25 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fisheries managers have decided to call off the West Coast sardine fishing season that starts in July because of rapidly dwindling numbers, hoping to save an iconic industry from the kind of collapse that hit in the 1940s and lasted 50 years.

Wisconsin Records 1st Outbreak of Dangerous Bird Flu Strain

April 13, 2015 12:25 pm | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

Wisconsin has confirmed its first case of a dangerous bird flu strain that has struck several other Midwest states, including Minnesota and South Dakota.

Egg Executives to be Sentenced Today in Salmonella Outbreak

April 13, 2015 8:00 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two former egg industry executives are scheduled to be sentenced this morning for their roles in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands. 

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Bird Flu Found on at Least 15 Turkey Farms in Midwest

April 10, 2015 7:59 am | by KEVIN BURBACH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry has been confirmed in a second commercial turkey flock in eastern South Dakota and preliminary tests have confirmed the presence of some form of bird flu at a North Dakota farm, bringing to at least 15 the number of Midwest farms infected in the latest outbreak.

Jennie-O Turkey Farm in Minn. Hit By Deadly Bird Flu

April 9, 2015 10:35 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A ninth Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by a form of bird flu that's deadly to poultry, this time in a large Jennie-O-Turkey Store operation that has 310,000 turkeys, federal authorities and company officials said.

Illinois Company Recalls Ham Loaf Over Allergy Concerns

April 9, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says a routine inspection at Dutch Valley Meats in the village of Arthur found that the loaves were mislabeled because they didn't indicate they contain wheat, a known allergen

Q&A: How Bird Flu Outbreaks Are Playing Out

April 8, 2015 8:25 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. Here are some common questions and answers about the outbreak.

Where's the Beef? McDonald's is Bringing Back Bigger Burgers

April 7, 2015 1:10 pm | News | Comments

Bigger burgers will be back on the menu at McDonald's, at least for a while. McDonald's says it's introducing a trio of "Sirloin Third Pound" burgers for a limited time starting later this month, the latest sign the chain is pushing to improve perceptions about the quality of its food.

FDA: Partnering For a Safe Food Supply

April 7, 2015 12:00 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared April 7 as World Health Day, and this year's theme is Food Safety. Currently, 15 percent of our food is imported from other countries – but this includes 80 percent of our seafood, nearly 50 percent of our fresh fruit, and 20 percent of our fresh vegetables.

US Wants Egg Executives Punished For 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

April 7, 2015 9:30 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack DeCoster, 80, of Turner, Maine, and 51-year-old Peter DeCoster, of Clarion, Iowa are scheduled to be sentenced April 13 by U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett in a federal courtroom in Sioux City, Iowa. Both pleaded guilty last year to introducing adulterated eggs into interstate commerce and face up to one year in jail.

Meat Processor Sentenced to 30 Months For Horse Meat Fraud

April 7, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch court has sentenced a meat processor to 30 months imprisonment for a massive fraud operation in which he illicitly sold horse meat as more expensive beef. 

Diminishing Oyster Supply Threatens Florida Town's Economy

April 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The local oyster industry is under threat from water-flow issues, environmental concerns, health and safety regulations and economic realities. Restaurants from New Orleans to Tampa and beyond tout Apalachicola oysters as the tastiest oysters around, but the annual harvest has been in decline.

Feds to Shut Down Sardine Fishing on West Coast

April 6, 2015 8:00 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Coast fisheries managers will likely shut down sardine fishing this year as numbers decline, echoing a previous collapse that decimated a thriving industry and increasing worries that other species might be withheld from the commercial market.

Costco Canada Recalls Chicken Salad Over Listeria Risk

April 3, 2015 1:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The recall covers salads that contain fully cooked sliced chicken breast. The salad was sold in all Canadian provinces except for Prince Edward Island.

Deadly Bird Flu Shows Up in South Dakota, 5th Minnesota Farm

April 3, 2015 1:07 pm | by CARSON WALKER and STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the H5N2 strain in a flock of 71,000 turkeys in Stearns County, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health said. That brings the number of Minnesota turkey farms where the strain has been detected to five, officials said. The strain also has shown up in a commercial turkey flock in South Dakota.

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