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Chicken Causes More Than 7K Swiss Illnesses A Year

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute | News | Comments

Meat fondue with chicken is one of the primary risk factors for a campylobacter infection in Switzerland in winter, a new study shows. This increase in reported case numbers over the festive season can be attributed to the consumption of Fondue chinoise.

VIDEO: What's Behind the Beef Price Hike?

July 10, 2014 8:05 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

USDA beef prices have jumped to $5.45 per pound, compared to $4.88 per pound at this time last year. So what's causing beef prices to rise? The LJ Ranch in Logan, Kansas, for example, said it has the lowest amount of cow numbers since 1952. 

Hygienic Twin-Screw Pumps Yield Dramatic Results for Food Industry

July 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Rene Linck, ITT Bornemann Sales and Product Manager, Food and Pharma Division | Articles | Comments

Hygienic twin screw pumps can handle a variety of high viscous products. Diced tomatoes that need to be delicately handled, meat products like sausage preparation or yogurt processing are all examples that can be adeptly handled by twin screw pumping technology. 

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Consumer Trends: America's Best Burger Joints

July 9, 2014 12:30 pm | by TripAdvisor | News | Comments

TripAdvisor lists the 10 best burger joints in America based on the opinions of travelers. The list takes into account the quality, quantity and overall reviews of each establishment. From New York to Hawaii, and everything in between, where's your favorite burger place?

China's Food Costs Rise Almost 4 Percent in June

July 9, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's food costs rose 3.7 percent in June after surging 4.1 percent the month before on a rebound in prices for pork, a staple meat in China. However, the country's inflation rate remains below the 3.5 percent annual target set by the ruling Communist Party.

Cornell Study: Alternating Pesticides Shoos Dairy Flies

July 9, 2014 8:53 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Flies on dairy farms can spread disease and an array of pathogens that cost farmers millions of dollars in losses each year. According to a Cornell University study, the best way to ensure flies don't become resistant to insectisides is to only use them when needed.

Dynamic Dim Sum in the Land of Barbecue

July 8, 2014 2:59 pm | by MARIA SUDEKUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bo Lings, which opened in 1981 and began dim sum service in 1987, for years has drawn out-the-front door weekend lines for dim sum at its location in the former Kansas City Board of Trade building a couple blocks from Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. 

Salmonella Victims' Stories May Shape Quality Egg Punishments

July 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Attorney's Office is asking the victims of the salmonella outbreak in 2010 to share their stories as prosecutors consider how to proceed with the punishments. Quality Egg, an Iowa egg producer, admitted to intentionally selling tainted eggs.

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VIDEO: Smart Grill Talks, Texts When Food is Ready

July 8, 2014 10:26 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Lynx Grills, a technology company that makes grills, developed a concept grill that has the technology of a smart device. Called a Smart Grill, the grill is a voice recognition product that communicates back to you via voice and text when it needs you to do something.

Rabobank Expects Continued Record-High US Cattle Prices

July 7, 2014 12:39 pm | by Rabobank | News | Comments

In a new report on the global beef industry, Rabobank says that the global beef market will regain its positive momentum in Q3, once the current, temporarily high supply has worked through the system. Beef imports to China are historically very high.

Safeway Stores in Arizona Not Affected by Salmonella Recall

July 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Safeway, a U.S. supermarket chain, says its grocery stores in Arizona and New Mexico have not been affected by Foster Farms'  contaminated chicken breast. The USDA found evidence directly linking Foster Farms to a strain of salmonella that has sickened hundreds.

St. Paul's Last Beef Plant Temporarily Shutting Down

July 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dakota Premium Foods, a beef-packing plant in South St. Paul, Minn., is temporarily shutting down due to the the declining number of cattle in the U.S. The company is currently idling 300 employees and was once the heart of the Upper Midwest meatpacking industry.

Foster Farms Issues First Recall Since Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

July 7, 2014 8:59 am | by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Foster Farms, a California chicken producer, has been directly linked to the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months. As a result, the company has issued a recall for 170 different chicken products from its facilities.

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HEB Recalls 38 Tons of Beef for Possible Metal Contamination

July 7, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

HEB Grocery Company, a privately held supermarket chain based in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 350 stores throughout Texas and northern Mexico, is recalling almost 38 tons of fresh beef products after employees found metal shavings in products.

Officials Suspect Mad Cow Disease in Romanian Beef

July 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Romanian officials said they have found a case of suspected bovine spongiform encephalopathy, more commonly known as mad cow disease, in some beef. Mad cow disease is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal brain disease in people who eat tainted beef.

Michigan Officials Approve Fish Hatchery Expansion

July 3, 2014 8:10 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

A northern Michigan commercial fish hatchery, Harrietta Hills Trout Farm LLC, has been granted a pollutant discharge permit to increase production from about 20,000 pounds of rainbow trout a year to 300,000 pounds. The expansion will help protect the Au Sable River.

Tyson Foods Signs Definitive Deal to Buy Hillshire Brands

July 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After Tyson Foods was let out of its previous agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages has now signed a deal to purchase Hillshire Brands for $7.75B. Tyson Foods has agreed to pay the $163 million termination fee to Pinnacle on behalf of HIllshire.

New Hampshire Drives Tourism with 100-Year-Old Diner

July 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

Every four years during New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, almost every White House wannabe makes a stop to this tiny diner tucked onto a side street of the state's largest city. The menu includes pancakes, omelets, burgers, sandwiches and more.

Calif. Oyster Farm Fights High Court to Stay in Business

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by PAUL ELIAS | News | Comments

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. is considering several options to keep the oyster farm operating after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider its appeal to stay open. Federal officials want to return the oysters to the waters of Drakes Estero in Northern California.

Hormel Foods to Buy Muscle Milk for $450M

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam, will pay $450 million to buy CytoSport, which owns Muscle Milk sports nutrition drinks, bars and powders. Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger said consumers are increasingly looking for portable, easy-to-eat products packed with protein.

Hillshire Gives Pinnacle Foods $163M Breakup Payment

July 1, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods Inc., known for their Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry-Man dinners, announces its termination of the merger agreement with Hillshire Brands. The Chicago-based Hillshire Brands agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods for $4.23 billion in May.

Relay Foods Plans $735K Va. Expansion

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The online grocer Relay Foods has plans for a $735,000 expansion of its headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The company has committed to buying at least $350,000 worth of meats, produce and dairy products from Virginia producers over the next three years.

Poultry Prices Take Off as Macroeconomic Conditions Improve

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Rabobank | News | Comments

According to Rabobank's Poultry Quarterly Q2 report, the global poultry prices launch is supported from the high beef and pork prices alongside demand recovery, and a more balanced supply and demand situation in most regions of the world.

Forming Machine

July 1, 2014 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

This company offers an all hydraulic, microprocessor controller, multi-outlet forming machine that is easy to maneuver plant wide. Processors can portion beef, pork, poultry, fish, veal, lamb, cheese and even vegetables. 

Va. Salsas, Peanuts Expected to Bring in 28K Buyers at Food Show

June 30, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says at least 31 companies that participate in the Virginia's Finest trademark program will exhibit at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. Foods including cured meats and confections will be displayed.

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