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.
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.
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).
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is seeking approval from the federal government to use irradiation in processing plants to kill E. coli bacteria.
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 are the “riskiest” meats and poultry products related to foodborne illness and hospitalization, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
AquaBounty Technologies - which is hoping to become the first company to introduce a genetically engineered (GE) animal to the human food supply - says it has secured the necessary funds to “begin the initial commercialization program” should the FDA give its technology the green light.
At 270.7lbs, Americans eat more meat per capita* than any other nation (with the exception of the carnivorous folk of Luxembourg, who get through a whopping 301.4lbs). But they are eating less than they used to, says market researcher Packaged Facts.
Cargill’s net earnings slumped 42% to $445m in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 (ended Feb 28) compared with Q3 2012, as high feed costs hit margins in its North American meat operation.
Cargill is spending $2.3m on installing new production and packaging equipment at its beef processing plant at Wyalusing, PA in a move that will significantly boost ground beef production capacity and create 15-20 new jobs.
Authorities must adopt a more robust salmonella surveillance system and a more aggressive response to outbreaks, according to a Pew Charitable Trust Report, in response to a 2011 outbreak from Cargill Meat Solutions in ground turkey.
While there is a good chance that sales of finely textured beef (FTB) will pick up again in time, Cargill’s production still remains significantly below where it was before the ‘pink slime’ media frenzy erupted almost exactly a year ago today, says the firm.
AquaBounty Technologies says it remains confident that there will still be a market for its genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage salmon if the FDA approves it, even though some leading food retailers now say they won’t stock it.
Fundamental research into the behavior of hydrocolloids by the University of Massachusetts and ConAgra Foods could open the door to the ‘rational design of reduced-fat food emulsions’.
AquaBounty Technologies - which has already spent years waiting for the FDA to decide whether to approve its genetically engineered (GE) salmon - will have to wait a little longer as the agency plows through almost 30,000 comments submitted since it gave the fish the provisional green light before Christmas.
Furloughing 6,000+ federal meat inspectors due to automatic budget cuts imposed under sequestration would effectively shut down the meat and poultry industry and violate the government’s legal obligation to keep inspectors at work, claims the American Meat Institute (AMI).
Focusing on eating ‘better’ meat could attract broader acceptance than a simple ‘eat less meat’ message and benefit the environment, people’s health and animal welfare, according to a new report from WWF-UK and the Food Ethics Council.
Russia has extended its ban on US pork and beef imports to include turkey, in connection with the continued dispute over product contamination by the growth chemical ractopamine.
Supporters of a New Mexico Senate bill proposing mandatory labeling for genetically engineered food and feed say they are disappointed it died on the Senate floor last week, but remain confident that other states’ GMO labeling initiatives will succeed.
Increased spending on marketing, advertising and promotions (MAP) is paying off for Jimmy Dean sausage maker Hillshire Brands, which has raised its outlook for the full year on the back of strong second quarter results.