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Lawsuits May Lead to Changes at Fish Hatcheries

February 19, 2014 12:39 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The practice of populating rivers with hatchery fish rather than making greater efforts to restore wild runs is facing a battery of court challenges in Oregon, California and Washington state. The disputes illustrate a crucial tension in the Pacific Northwest, where salmon and steelhead are iconic fish.

Feds Shut Down Central Valley Meat Co.

February 19, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

Federal inspectors shut down Central Valley Meat Co., which supplies beef to the National School Lunch Program, because of unsanitary conditions. In September 2013, Central Valley recalled 58,000 pounds of beef for the school lunch program after federal officials said the meat possibly contained pieces of plastic.

Nestle Recalls Hot Pockets

February 19, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

Nestle is voluntarily recalling two of its Hot Pockets products as part of a larger meat recall. The food maker is recalling an unspecified number of "Philly Steak" and its "Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese" Hot Pockets in certain sizes.

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Romanian Sausage Saved Under New EU Rules

February 18, 2014 12:19 pm | by ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Romania's national dish looks like it will be granted a European Union reprieve. The Romanian Meat Association says officials have agreed that bicarbonate of soda, which gives spicy "mici" bullet-shaped grilled meat its springy texture, will be permitted by the EU.

Wash. Company Recalls Dried Eggs

February 18, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

A Washington state company is recalling more than 100 tons of dried egg products over concerns about salmonella contamination. The USDA says the products from Nutriom LLC of Lacey, Wash., were shipped nationwide and to American military bases abroad as well as to Canada.

Calif. Officials Seize Illegal Shark Fins in San Fran

February 18, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

More than a ton of illegal shark fins were seized from a vendor in San Francisco, state wildlife officials said. Michael Kwong, 42, of Kwong Yip Inc. was cited for having 2,138 pounds of the fins, which violates California's ban that went into effect in July.

Disputed ‘Ag Gag’ Bill Advances in Idaho

February 18, 2014 10:09 am | by JOHN MILLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dairy farmers enraged by animal-rights activists trying to root out cruelty and abuse got a boost when Idaho senators voted 23-10 to intensify punishments for those who trespass to film their operations without permission. The measure would put offenders in jail for up to a year and fine them $5,000.

China City Closes Poultry Markets to Combat Bird Flu

February 18, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

The major city of Guangzhou in southern China closed its live poultry markets on Saturday for two weeks to halt the spread of the H7N9 strain of bird flu. The closure lasts through Feb. 28 "to strengthen work to control the spread of the H7N9 flu," the city government said.

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Obama Turns Focus to California Drought

February 14, 2014 12:44 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is in the midst of its worst drought in more than 100 years. Obama will meet with farmers in the Fresno area, where he'll announce more than $160 million in federal financial aid, including $100 million in the farm bill he signed into law last week for programs that cover the loss of livestock.

Former SD Official Used Position to Increase Beef Plant Grant

February 14, 2014 10:13 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Weeks after learning he was going to lose his job as South Dakota's Tourism and State Development secretary, Richard Benda was using his state position to help secure his future in the private sector, according to a state audit released Thursday.

Group Calls Chicken Industry’s Animal Care Standards Weak

February 13, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

The Animal Welfare Institute sent a letter to Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council, condemning the trade association's new guidelines for the humane treatment of the 9 billion chickens raised for meat each year in the United States.

Utah Company Recalls 90K Pounds of Beef Jerky

February 12, 2014 12:29 pm | News | Comments

Salt Lake City-based Prime Snax Inc. is recalling about 90,000 pounds of beef jerky products that were mislabeled and did not include on the label the ingredient soy lecithin, an allergen. The recalled products were shipped around the country.

Chick-fil-A to Serve Antibiotic-Free Chicken

February 12, 2014 9:40 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Chick-fil-A said Tuesday that it plans to serve only chicken raised without antibiotics within the next five years. The Atlanta-based chain said it's working with suppliers to build up an adequate supply for its nearly 1,800 restaurants.

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Photos of the Day: Festival Brings Home the Bacon

February 12, 2014 9:32 am | News | Comments

The Tropicana Casino and Resort's Bacon Week festival includes unusual offerings like bacon milk shakes, bacon cupcakes, bacon bloody Marys, beer, vodka and bourbon, and even bacon-flavored toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm.

NJ Festival Offers Unique Bacon Creations

February 12, 2014 9:28 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bacon milkshakes. Chocolate-covered bacon shaped like roses. Bacon bourbon, margaritas, beer and vodka. They're all on the menu this week as one Atlantic City casino stretches the bounds of good taste and cardiovascular health with Bacon Week.

2 Chefs Plead Guilty to Serving Whale Meat

February 11, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Two chefs have pleaded guilty to serving whale meat at a Southern California restaurant that has since closed. Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda entered pleas Monday to conspiracy and other charges involving meat from endangered sei whales.

Calif. Plant Shuts Down After Beef Recall

February 11, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

A California slaughterhouse has voluntarily halted operations after recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products. The recall began Jan. 13 and was expanded Saturday to include just over a year's worth of meat products processed by Rancho Feeding Corp.

Calif. Company Recalls 8.7M Pounds of Meat

February 10, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Rancho Feeding Corp. is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef because the company processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection. That's just over a year's worth of meat products processed by the company.

Cargill Adds ‘Textured Beef’ Wording to Labels

February 10, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

Since Jan. 20, all of Cargill's U.S.-produced, fresh, 100 percent ground beef products that contain what it calls "finely textured beef" will say so on a label, whether sold in bulk or in chubs directly to consumers, the company announced.

What's Really in McDonald's Chicken McNuggets?

February 10, 2014 8:00 am | by McDonald's Canada | Videos | Comments

McDonald's Canada has set out to let consumers know exactly what is in the fast food chain's Chicken McNuggets. In this video, McDonald's Canada provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the product is made and what the ingredients really look like.

Ammonia Leak, Fire Shut Down Beef Plant

February 7, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Workers at a Cargill plant in eastern Nebraska detected the ammonia leak around 3:40 a.m. Thursday. Smoke and flames were reported several minutes later above an area where beef carcasses are trimmed to smaller cuts. No employees were injured.

Idaho Dairies Seek to Ban Activists from Filming

February 7, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Idaho's $2.5 billion dairy industry wants to put people who film their operations surreptitiously in prison for up to one year, a bid to block animal-rights organizations from spying on farms in hopes of catching animal cruelty on tape.

Survivor Story Spotlights Mexico’s Fishing Methods

February 6, 2014 10:03 am | by MARCOS ALEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The saga of a fisherman who says he survived at least 13 months at sea in an open boat and made it across the Pacific Ocean to the Marshall Islands highlights the perilous and primitive fishing equipment and practices still used in Mexico and El Salvador.

X-Ray Technology Trims Nordic Fish

February 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Nordic Innovation | Videos | Comments

Most fish processing is done manually, making it extremely costly in Nordic countries. Due to high costs, the majority of fish from Nordic countries is filleted and packaged abroad. But a new whitefish trimming machine may make a big difference in the region's fish industry.

Texas Company Recalls 16K Pounds of Beef

February 5, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

A Fort Worth, Texas beef processor is recalling nearly 16,000 pounds of beef products because they may be contaminated by E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that a "high" health risk exists for products provided by PFP Enterprises.

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