The expectations have driven corn and soybean prices significantly lower. However, since the grains are staples in livestock feed, lower prices could eventually lead to a decline in the cost of beef, pork, chicken and milk.
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Processing facilities must be certified by the USDA in order to legally sell meat to the public or restaurants. Securing the certification is not the only challenge. The smell produced when skinning and processing alligator meat is somewhat gamey — somewhere between a fish market and a pile of hamburger meat.
Martin Heller and Gregory Keoleian of U-M's Center for Sustainable Systems looked at the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of about 100 foods, as well as the potential effects of shifting Americans to a diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA has agreed to buy the canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen. Earlier this year, the agency purchased $20 million worth of canned salmon.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says a Southern California food firm has recalled nearly 93,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kits sold at Sam's Club stores over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
Lupin, a legume belonging to the same plant family as peanuts, is showing up as a wheat replacement in an increasing number of gluten-free products. But now, the USDA is issuing an alert to consumers to actively read food labels before buying these products.
The USDA announced that it would rein-in misleading language on organic packaging that has been suspected of confusing consumers. Specifically, the agency addressed companies that market food products with words like "organic" or "organics" in their brand-name.
A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn. The abundant harvest has driven prices lower, prompting farmers to take more control of their grain marketing.
In a move that is said to result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year, the Obama Administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in half a century. But why are the USDA's new requirements so controversial?
After two years of intense advocacy from workers, the USDA has issued a final rule that will not allow poultry companies to speed up production lines. With line speed being the major factor in injuries among poultry workers, the final rule puts worker safety first.
From a rule that was originally proposed by the USDA in 2012, the Obama Administration is now overhauling chicken plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years. This move could prevent more than 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year.
With concerns rising about the heavy spraying of unhealthy chemicals being used to ward off the deadly citrus disease, or Huanglongbing, the Organic Center has launched a multi-year study to find safe methods to prevent the disease from spreading.
Mushroom meatballs are just one example of new products being introduced into school meals to meet USDA nutritional guidelines. Congress is debating the current nutrition guidelines and beginning preparation for the reauthorization of school nutrition programs in 2015.
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell wants the USDA to purchase $37M worth of canned pink salmon under a law that allows for buying surplus food from farmers and donating it to food banks. Parnell's request is to reduce inventories to help slow the price decline.
The USDA has been asked to make public all nominations to the National Organic Standards Board after prior appointments, during the Bush and Obama administrations, violated the letter of the law, and congressional intent, by appointing agribusiness executives to fill the slots.
The appointment of Angela Tagtow, a controversial 'environmental nutritionist', to head the USDA's Nutrition Policy and Promotion is facing criticism about politicization of federal nutrition advice and its consequences for public health.
Compared to the existing H1 lubricant standard, the NSF ISO 21469 standard is a significant advancement. NSF ISO 21469 improves formulation and label review, requires manufacturing risk assessments and involves analytical product testing.
The rise in prices of certain foods, like beef and fresh fruits, is outpacing overall inflation. With the pricey costs of eating, there has also been a hike in consumer-price indexes for food at home, more commonly known as groceries.
Foodborne illness is a serious public threat in the U.S. The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans suffer from foodborne illness each year. Now, a new online tool created by the USDA automatically inserts critical food safety steps into user recipes.
Eggland's Best celebrated a special occasion as they commemorate the 20 billionth USDA-approved egg. The company conducts more than 35,000 tests a year to guarantee its eggs have lower saturated fat than ordinary eggs while being higher in vitamins and nutrients.
School lunchroom officials from around the country experimented with healthier options as the search for nutritious innovations to meet the stricter health mandates continues. This fall, new requirements from the USDA will alter the makeup of school meals.
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.
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.
The USDA is reminding consumers to safe handle their produce and fresh-squeezed juice to prevent foodborne bacteria from multiplying. No matter where the fresh fruits and vegetables come from, it is important to follow these safety tips to prevent food poisoning.
This year marks a record for U.S. farmers planting soybeans, with millions of acres of land devoted to the crop. Among the states that planted record amounts include Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service the Las Vegas food distributor recalled almost 15,000 pounds of misbranded raw pork nugget product because of an allergen that isn't declared on the product labels.
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