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Mushroom Meatballs? School Meal Solutions Dished Up at Senate Hearing

July 28, 2014 12:27 pm | by American Mushroom Institute | News | Comments

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. Asks Feds to Buy 1M Cases of Canned Salmon

July 25, 2014 2:45 pm | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell wants the USDA to purchase $37M worth of canned pink salmon under a law...

Lack of Transparency Fuels Corruption Allegations in Organic Governance

July 24, 2014 10:15 am | by Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

The USDA has been asked to make public all nominations to the National Organic Standards Board...

USDA Hire Stokes Dietary Guidelines Controversy

July 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by The National Center for Public Policy Research | News | Comments

The appointment of Angela Tagtow, a controversial 'environmental nutritionist', to head the USDA...

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What ISO 21469 Lubricant Standard Means for Food Safety

July 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication North America, L.P. | Articles | Comments

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. 

Infographic: Grocery Prices Skyrocket as Beef, Fruit Costs are Up

July 17, 2014 8:08 am | by Labor Department USDA | News | Comments

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. 

Consumer Trends: Online Recipe Tool Shields Against Food Poisoning

July 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Ad Council | News | Comments

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.

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USDA Marks 20 Billionth Egg from Eggland's Best

July 15, 2014 11:30 am | by Eggland's Best | News | Comments

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 Personnel Experiment with Healthier Lunchroom Options

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 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.

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.

USDA: US Farmers Plant Record Soy Crop, Less Corn

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.  

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USDA:Safe Handling of Produce Cuts Illness Risk

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

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. 

Las Vegas Facility Recalls 15K Pounds of Misbranded Pork

June 27, 2014 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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. 

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.

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. 

Citizen Groups File Petition to Restore Organic Board's Authority

June 19, 2014 8:26 am | by The Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

Twenty organic farm and consumer groups filed a legal petition with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to protect the authority and permanence of the National Organic Standards Board. The petitioners object to recent changes to the NOSB charter, renewed on May 8.

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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.

Whole Foods Recalls Beef on Mad Cow Threat

June 16, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

Whole Foods, a supermarket chain specializing in natural and organic foods, in Rhode Island has recalled beef that could possibly be tainted. The USDA says the meat company is recalling over 4,000 pounds of beef for possible contamination of mad cow disease.

Infographic: Where a Food Dollar Goes

June 13, 2014 8:05 am | by USDA | News | Comments

Do you know where your food dollar goes? In the US, 31.1 cents of a typical dollar spent by consumers on domestically–produced food went to pay for services provided by foodservice establishments, 15.8 cents to food processors and 13 cents to food retailers. 

4K Pounds of Beef Recalled on Mad Cow Fears

June 12, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

The USDA said in a release that Jackson-based Fruitland American Meat is recalling about 4,012 pounds of beef because it could contain parts of the nervous system that can carry properties related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.

Poultry Inspectors: New System Risks Worker, Food Safety

June 11, 2014 8:35 am | by American Federation of Government Employees | News | Comments

The USDA rule, which was first proposed in January 2012, would remove most federal inspectors from the slaughter line and turn over inspection currently performed by federal inspectors to untrained employees hired by the poultry processing plants.

US Dairy Farmers Threaten to Oppose Pacific Trade Deal

June 4, 2014 1:02 pm | by Krista Hughes, Reuters | News | Comments

In a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative and Department of Agriculture, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council said Japan and Canada were dragging their feet and U.S. negotiators must insist on "meaningful" dairy market access.

High Tunnels Extend Growing Season in Alaska

June 2, 2014 8:45 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Most commercially grown vegetables and fruits are shipped to Alaska from at least 1,400 miles away. High tunnels extend growing seasons by covering crops for weeks on either end and create tiny microclimates that allow warm-weather crops to grow. 

2013 Salmonella Outbreak Creates 50 New Illnesses

May 28, 2014 1:51 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

After over a year, the salmonella outbreak linked to a California chicken company still continues to sicken. The Agriculture Department says it is monitoring Foster Farms and that measured rates of salmonella in the company's products have gone down.

Pink Slime Lawsuit to Proceed Against ABC

May 23, 2014 10:45 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The South Dakota Supreme Court will allow Beef Products Inc. to sue ABC News for defamation to the tune of $1.2 billion. The lawsuit originated in with an ABC newscast that dubbed their product as "pink slime." The coverage led to many plant closures and layoffs.

House GOP: Schools Can Opt Out of Unprofitable Healthy Food Programs

May 19, 2014 12:31 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican representatives announced a plan to let schools apply for waivers for the healthier food programs if they show losses for six consecutive months. The programs, which have been phased in over the last two years, were championed by the First Lady.

US Joins Fight Against Coffee Rust, High Prices

May 19, 2014 12:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The arabica coffee bean that flavors most of the top-notch coffee Americans drink is under assault from a fungus called rust. The United States is stepping in with aid to help ensure prices stay low and that political stability in growing regions continues.

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