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Potato Industry's Lobbying Pays Off as Congress Adds Vegetable to WIC Menu

December 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time, low-income women would be able to pay for potatoes with government-subsidized vouchers issued by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. The potato industry has aggressively lobbied for inclusion in WIC for years.

USDA Sees High Corn, Soybean Demand in Report

December 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the...

Criminal Prosecutions Signal New Era of Enforcement in Organic Food Industry

December 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Davina Pujari, Stice & Block LLP | Articles | Comments

Recent criminal prosecutions indicate the maturation of the organic food...

USDA Awards OTA With $785K to Promote Organic Products

December 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

Demand for organic in ...

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Minn. Company Recalls 1.2K Pounds of Ground Beef

November 24, 2014 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination. The USDA says inspectors discovered the suspected contamination during a routine inspection.

Country of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

McDonald's Refuses to Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 17, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — has not. The fast-food giant says it does not use genetically modified potatoes. 

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FDA Guards Against Food Spoilage, Contamination

November 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

Specialists in a FDA laboratory in Arkansas use their sense of smell to detect odors of decomposition to make sure domestic and imported seafood and seafood products are fit for consumption.                 

Purdue Economist Says Turkeys Will be More Expensive This Year

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

Purdue University agricultural economist Corinne Alexander tracks food price trends and says wholesale prices of turkeys are expected to be 8 percent to 10 percent higher than last year.              

Hawaii Firm Recalls Pork Products

November 12, 2014 10:59 am | by USDA | News | Comments

Kulana Foods Ltd, a Hilo, Hawaii establishment, is recalling approximately 4,465 pounds of frozen, fully cooked pork products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.                     

Showdown Looms as Calif. Eyes Pesticides

November 10, 2014 10:14 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chief among the complaints of organic growers: The California Department of Food and Agriculture's pest-management plan says compulsory state pesticide spraying of organic crops would do no economic harm to organic producers, on the grounds that the growers could sell sprayed crops as non-organic instead.

USDA Approves a Genetically Modified Potato

November 10, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals.               

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Q&A: How Packaging Suppliers Support Canneries During Salmon Season

November 6, 2014 2:43 pm | by Crown Holdings, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to packaging seafood, there may indeed be a lot of fish in the sea, but sometimes there’s only a short time to catch them. Nowhere is this truer than in the salmon industry, which gives fishermen and canneries just over two months to catch and package the fish.

US Adult Consumption of Added Sugars Increased by More Than 30 Percent

November 5, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Obesity Society | News | Comments

As the United States Food and Drug Administration considers a new food label detailing the amount of added sugars in foods, new research shows this non-nutritive calorie source has crept into the American diet over the past three decades.

Marathon Ventures Recalls Macadamia Nuts For Salmonella

November 3, 2014 9:45 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Marathon Ventures, Inc. announced that it is voluntarily recalling various retail and bulk packages containing raw macadamia nuts as a precautionary measure because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.        

FDA to Hold Public Meeting on Updates to Redbook

October 29, 2014 10:27 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold an open meeting on December 9, 2014 to receive input from the public on updating the Guidance for Industry “Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients,” also known as the “Redbook.”

Penn. Company Recalls Nearly 32K Pounds of Chicken Products

October 27, 2014 2:06 pm | by Food Safety | News | Comments

Murry’s Inc., a Lebanon, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 31,689 pounds of gluten free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin.                   

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Regional Meeting Set to Discuss New Food Rules For Vermont

October 27, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agriculture agency and the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture will host a Nov. 17 hearing to offer farmers and food processors an opportunity to comment on the new supplemental rules proposed by the federal Food Safety Modernization Act.

Chicago Firm Recalls 29K Pounds of Chicken Kiev

October 27, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the raw, frozen chicken entrees from the Aspen Foods division of Koch Meats were sold as Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breasts. The Chicago company recalled nearly 29,000 pounds of the chicken products.

FDA Develops Online Module to Help Ensure Proper Seafood Labeling

October 24, 2014 9:29 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Proper identification of seafood is important throughout the seafood supply chain to ensure that appropriate food safety controls are implemented and that consumers are getting the type of seafood they expect and for which they are paying.  

FDA Reminds Egg Product Exporters of New USDA Procedures

October 22, 2014 11:14 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds exporters of food products containing eggs or egg products regulated by FDA that export certificates for these products will be issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as of November 10, 2014. 

Maryland Firm Recalls Nearly 28K Pounds of Lamb Products

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | by FDA | News | Comments

E.&B.’s Natural Way is recalling approximately 27,948 pounds of raw lamb products because they were not presented at the border for USDA-FSIS Import Inspection. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists.  

Mass. Firm Recalls 115K Pounds of Chicken Products

October 17, 2014 9:43 am | by USDA | News | Comments

Shop Packaging LLC, a New Bedford, Massachusetts establishment, is recalling chicken wing products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.                             

EPA Approves Popular Weed Killer For Genetically Modified Crops

October 15, 2014 2:31 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA will allow the use of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940s. It is designed to be used on corn and soybeans grown with engineered seeds approved by the Agriculture Department last month.

USDA Gives Maine $600K to Invest in Specialty Crops

October 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will give Maine $602,679 to invest in ten specialty crop initiatives. The initiatives will help strengthen food products such as potatoes, wild blueberries and maple syrup.           

Minn. Firm Recalls 62K Pounds of Meat Products For Possible Listeria

October 8, 2014 1:55 pm | by Food Safety | News | Comments

A Burnsville, Minnesota establishment is recalling approximately 62,488 pounds of meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria. The products were produced on various dates between July and September, and then shipped nationwide.

Illinois Considers Raw Milk Regulations

October 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Food and Drug Administration data show between 300,000 and 400,000 Illinoisans drink raw milk. Regulations are necessary to make raw milk safer for consumption, Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said. 

Texas Company Recalls 91K Pounds of Beef Products

October 6, 2014 8:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Corpus Christi-based company, Sam Kane Beef Processors, is recalling nearly 91,000 pounds of beef products after four consumers complained of metal pieces being found in their meat.                   

USDA Plans to Resurvey 1,400 Small Grain Farmers

October 3, 2014 2:33 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA plans to resurvey 1,400 small grain farmers in the Upper Midwest and West who still had crops in the field when they were asked a month ago about their yearly production. The information could result in a revision of estimates of wheat, barley and oat production.

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