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Mechanically tenderized beef labeling rule should be withdrawn, says AMI

The proposed rule to label mechanically tenderized beef products would add unnecessary costs to production with little, if any, benefit to food safety, according to the American Meat Institute (AMI).

To boldly go? Soy Vay attempts to make culinary history by cooking a marinated chicken in the stratosphere

As food-related PR stunts go, this one is probably up there with the best of them - and we mean literally up there - because it’s in space… (well, almost).


Royal Crown launches ‘world's best’ stevia-sweetened cola with 50% less sugar

Moshy Cohen from RCCI promises that the firm’s mid-calorie Neo cola with stevia - which took three years to develop - is the ‘best solution’ for regular cola drinkers.

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Cargill to distribute Teys beef in the US

Cargill Food Distribution and Teys Australia have entered into an agreement to bring Tey’s beef to Cargill’s US customers.

60-second interview: Mark Clausen, VP sales, Quaker Maid Meats

Quaker Maid Meats VP Sales: ‘This is really an unprecedented time in the beef markets’

BBQ season might be winding down, but Quaker Maid Meats - the firm behind the top-selling Steak-Umm brand - is on a mission to inject fresh excitement into some mature categories, its new VP of sales Mark Clausen tells Elaine Watson. 

Agricultural antibiotics do have role in drug resistance, says CDC

Antibiotic use for promoting growth of food producing animals plays a role in drug resistance and should be “phased out”, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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GM salmon: AquaBounty posts $2m loss in first half, remains confident of getting FDA approval later this year

AquaBounty Technologies - which is hoping to become the first company to introduce a genetically engineered (GE) animal to the human food supply - has posted a net loss of $2.05m for the six months to June 30, 2013 - down from $2.4m in the same period last year.

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Hillshire Brands enters dried meat snacks category via acquisition of Golden Island Jerky

Hillshire Brands has entered the dried meat snacks category after striking a deal to buy California-based premium pork and beef jerky maker Golden Island Jerky for an undisclosed sum.


Lab grown meat? Surely it's a matter of taste...

I think everybody agrees that in vitro production of meat could have big potential in solving world hunger. But the technology will not be to everybody's tastes ... and until the technical challenges of flavour are addressed I imagine it will be to nobody's tastes!

Trigger for review of GE animals should be the novelty of the introduced traits, not the process that creates them, says biotech expert

The media frenzy surrounding AquaBounty’s GE salmon and the accompanying ‘Frankenfish’ headlines obscure the fact that it is "just a fast-growing fish”, according to one animal biotechnology specialist.

Lab-grown meat: Too revolutionary for industry backing?

Wider interest and backing from the food industry could help boost developments in lab grown meat technology, but for now the idea may be 'too revolutionary' for manufacturers to gamble on, said experts at the launch of the world's first in vitro burger.

Plant geneticist on GMOs: 'Food's an emotional issue, and people need to be better informed'

If you plot them both on a graph, the rise in diagnosed cases of autism correlates closely with the rise in sales of organic foods. So do organic foods cause autism? Of course not.

In vitro meat: Lab-grown burger to be unveiled and tasted next week

The world's first in vitro meat - a €250,000 burger made from lab grown beef - will be unveiled and served next week.

GE salmon... Is the FDA’s review process for genetically engineered animals fit for purpose?

If you are interested in how the FDA determines the safety of genetically engineered (GE) animals for human consumption, here's some light reading for you.

Approval of non GMO meat label is 'huge win' for industry, consultant says

The US Department of Agriculture has approved a non GMO label for meat and liquid egg products, demonstrating that the animals’ feed was free of genetically modified corn, soy or other feed.

Shuanghui: Smithfield acquisition allows us to be a global leader in animal protein

The acquisition of pork and meat producer Smithfield Foods Inc. for about $4.8 billion by Shuanghui Group can create a global leader in animal protein, say top executives at both companies.

Live from VitaFoods 2013

GMO ingredients can form part of Omega-3 supply picture, GOED chief says

Genetic modification of oil seed crops will form an important part of the future omega-3s supply picture, according to Adam Ismail, executive director of the Global Organization of EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED). 

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Canadian cattlemen seek approval to irradiate beef

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is seeking approval from the federal government to use irradiation in processing plants to kill E. coli bacteria.

Sodium reduction - The road ahead

Is sodium reduction really necessary?

The stealthy approach to sodium reduction in foods—cutting levels bit by bit so that consumers don’t notice—has evolved to the point that some observers question whether it is necessary at all. Understandably, those in the business of selling sodium reduction solutions disagree, leading to an interesting debate on both sides of the issue.

Ground beef and chicken “riskiest meats”, according to CSPI report

Ground beef and chicken are the “riskiest” meats and poultry products related to foodborne illness and hospitalization, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

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