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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Missouri Attorney General Challenges Calif. Egg Law

February 5, 2014 10:09 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri's attorney general has asked a federal court to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens, setting up a cross-country battle that pits new animal protections against the economic interests of Midwestern farmers.

Couples Tie the Knot at Bacon Festival

February 5, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

Two Iowa couples decided to tie the knot at last weekend's bacon festival at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines. Tricia Snider and Tom Watson were the first to wed at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. Craig and April Rouch got married a short while later.

Yum’s 4Q Net Income Falls

February 4, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Yum Brands' fourth-quarter profit fell 5 percent due to costs related to refinancing some debt, but its adjusted results beat expectations as its KFC chain recovers from a series of setbacks in China. The company indicated it is still confident its earnings per share will grow 20 percent this year.

Meat Groups: COOL Rules Could Start Trade War

February 4, 2014 12:32 pm | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Meat and livestock groups are upset that Congress opted in the new farm bill not to back off from mandatory country of origin labeling requirements. The groups say they are worried that the issue could start a trade war with Canada and Mexico.

Owner of Collapsed Animal Feed Plant Lays Off Workers

February 4, 2014 9:56 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer that was the site of a deadly industrial plant collapse said his company is laying off the plant's production staff. International Nutrition is outsourcing production of the livestock and poultry nutritional supplements it makes.

Japanese Whalers, Activists Clash off Antarctica

February 4, 2014 9:43 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese whaling ship and an anti-whaling protest boat collided in the icy seas off Antarctica, with both sides blaming each other for the crash. No one was injured, though both ships received minor damage in the collision — the latest drama in an annual battle between the conservationists and the whalers.

Open Metal Conveyor Belting

February 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

DURAFLEX® EDGE open metal conveyor belting is designed for dairy, meat, poultry and food manufacturers.

Ex-Slaughterhouse Manager Gets 41-Month Prison Sentence

February 3, 2014 9:50 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former manager at an Iowa slaughterhouse will spend 30 more months in prison for harboring and financially exploiting immigrant workers who were in the U.S. illegally. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade gave former Agriprocessors Inc. manager Hosam Amara a 41-month prison term.

Cultured Corn Sugar and Vinegar Ingredient

February 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Verdad® N16 is designed to offer food safety with consumer-friendly labeling. It was developed in response to industry demand for natural ingredients that consumers recognize.

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