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Big Texan Steak Ranch Pays $800K in Back Wages, Damages

June 24, 2014 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Big Texan Steak Ranch, an Amarillo restaurant famous for its 72-ounce steak dinner that's free if eaten in an hour, has paid $800,000 to settle a Labor Department dispute alleging the restaurant took too much of a bite out of tips to workers.

Dietz & Watson to Build Philly Center After Massive Fire

June 24, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food products manufacturer Dietz & Watson, supplier of deli meats and cheeses to supermarkets and delis, will expand its Philadelphia operation and add 158 jobs following a massive fire last year that devastated a company warehouse in southern New Jersey. 

West Liberty Foods Buys Assets of Bankrupted Ill. Firm

June 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa | News | Comments

West Liberty Foods LLC has bought substantially all of the assets of an Illinois company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Quantum Foods, who filed for bankruptcy in February, produced ready-to-cook and fully cooked foods made from beef, poultry and pork.

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USDA Tries to Posion Feral Hogs with Bacon Preservative

June 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sodium Nitrate, a preservative used to cure bacon, is being tested as poison for the nation's estimated 5 million feral hogs. USDA scientists say it may be the best solution in the U.S., but they're not yet ready to ask for federal approval as pig poison.

Photos: Maine Rebuilds Lobster Meat Processing

June 23, 2014 8:45 am | by AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty | News | Comments

State officials and lobster industry leaders are working to bring more lobster meat processing back to the state from Canada. Maine processors say the business is growing, but is still overshadowed by Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Olive Garden, Red Lobser Sales Continue to Drop

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Darden Restaurants Inc. has been fighting to stop declining sales at Olive Garden and Red Lobster. Darden said Friday that sales continued to slide at both restaurants as sit-down chains were hit hard by the downturn, prompting customers to find cheaper options.

The Top 10 US Foodie Cities of the Year

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Livability.com | News | Comments

Livability.com named the Top 10 Foodie Cities of 2014 by analyzing data about how frequently families eat at locally owned restaurants and how much the average resident spends eating out, as well as access to healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and quality meat.

VIDEO: Best Burger in America at Conan O’Brien’s?

June 20, 2014 8:40 am | by Conan O' Brien | Videos | Comments

Who knew that America's best hamburger can be found right inside Conan O'Brien's studio? Conan jokes about The New York Times naming 'Conan's' as having the best burger in America. Thinking its a mistake, the latenight comedy host has a surprising waiting for him.

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Toxic 'Microbeads' Found Inside Fish

June 20, 2014 8:30 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. Scientists say they're showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption.

Seafood Expo Asia is a Fish Trade Epicenter

June 19, 2014 1:16 pm | by Diversified Communications | News | Comments

Suppliers of seafood products, services and processing equipment have already reserved more than 1,400 square meters of exhibition space for Seafood Asia Expo. Highlights for this year include a host of pavilions representing all parts of the world.

Affordable Beef Through Dairy Breeding Programs

June 19, 2014 12:27 pm | by ABS Global | News | Comments

With beef in short supply and prices going through the roof, the beef industry is starting to get a little help … from the dairy industry, according to Richard Williams, ABS Global general manager for North America. 

Obama Proposes World's Largest Ocean Preserve

June 19, 2014 8:15 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Moving to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and American Samoa.

Missouri Sues Tyson Foods Over Fish Kill

June 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by CHRIS BLANK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods Inc., seeking civil penalties and compensation for the state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.     

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Chinese Dog-Eaters Dodge Activists with Early Feast

June 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Participants of the annual summer solstice festival in Yulin, where thousands of dogs are slaughtered for food, have held their feasts early to avoid attention from animal rights activists. Under Yulin tradition, eating dog on the solstice keeps them healthy.

Popeyes Buys $43M Worth of Recipes

June 18, 2014 8:45 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc., the company that franchises Popeyes fried chicken restaurants, has purchased the recipes for many of its dishes for $43 million from Diversified Foods and Seasonings — a seasoning company owned by the estate of Popeyes' founder.

VIDEO: Robotically Milked Cows

June 18, 2014 8:20 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Farm automation, already popular in Europe, is starting to catch on in the U.S. The old-fashioned farm hand is being replaced by a set of high-tech robots that clean, feed and milk dairy cows. Farmers can take a break by letting a fleet of robots do the dirty work.

Packaging Film

June 18, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company showcases special packaging film that replaces heavy cans, bottles, jars, trays and select flexible packaging. The product is stackable, flexible and reclosable.

Texas is 'Shocked' by Chipotle Imports of Aussie Beef

June 17, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

Chipotle Mexican Grill — from Australia? The Texas agriculture commissioner says he wants to talk with Chipotle founder Steve Ells after the company decided to import grass-fed beef from Australia because of his beliefs that Australian meat is raised more responsibly.

Infographic: Cutting the Salt

June 17, 2014 8:30 am | by USDA | News | Comments

Are manufactured foods too salty? Food processors and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try and prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

'Pink Slime' Makers Say Sales Are Rising

June 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska | News | Comments

Spokesmen for Cargill and Beef Products Inc. confirmed that sales of the pink slime, which the industry refers to as "lean, finely textured beef," have risen. Cargill added that sales haven't rebounded to the level they were before the 2012 controversy about the meat.

Unions Join Businesses in Fight Over Washington Fish Consumption

June 17, 2014 8:10 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Machinists union and others are siding with businesses in a fight over how much fish people eat, and how clean Washington state waters should be. The unions are worried a new water quality standard being developed by the state would hurt economic development.

Molecular Detection Assay Salmonella

June 17, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's new molecular detection assay helps food processors and other parties detect Salmonella. The assay is certified for egg, meat, dairy, powdered dairy products, cocoa-based products, spices and herbs, concentrates and instant coffees.

Hillshire Backs Away From Pinnacle Foods Offer

June 16, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

Hillshire Brands, a popular manufacturer and marketer of packaged meat and frozen bakery products, is backing off of its offer to buy Pinnacle Foods — a move that it needs to make in order for its $7.75 billion proposed deal with Tyson Foods to go through.

The Wienermobile? There's an App for That

June 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Kraft Foods | News | Comments

The Wienermobile comes to you in Oscar Meyer's new mobile app. Kraft Foods' iconic brand connects fans on and off the road with a "Find the Wienermobile" feature where users can determine when the vehicle is within 200 miles of their given location.

Baltimore Cow Escapes From Slaughterhouse, Gets Shot by Police

June 16, 2014 8:15 am | by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Friday the 13th was not a good day for this cow, as its trip to the city ended quickly. A Baltimore cow, which police believe escaped from a slaughterhouse, was "increasingly aggressive" and was eventually shot to death after officers made several attempts to trap it.

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