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USDA agency reports 1.7 million verifications in 3Q of FY 2017

Enforcement actions by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to ensure meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome and correctly labeled are reported each quarter. The latest enforcement report, released Thursday, covers the federal government’s third quarter, from April 1 through June 30. It logs thousands of inspection procedures performed by FSIS personnel in… Continue Reading

Cattlemen head to RC over country of origin labeling, animal ID, and check-off

Hundreds of ranchers from as many as 20 states will descend on Rapid City, SD, next week for the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund annual convention. R-CALF, as it’s called, has made a lot of promises on the meeting agenda. Learn how we will reinstate mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL). Learn how we will stop the USDA’s second… Continue Reading

Hindu leader slams Kellogg’s for not disclosing beef gelatin

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism (USofH), is calling out Kellogg’s CEO John A. Bryant for failing to disclose that some  of the company’s cereals contain beef-based gelatin. Gelatin is a protein made from the skins and bones of pigs and cows. It’s a common ingredient in many products. Hindu religion prohibits… Continue Reading

Americans have a right to know: Where’s the beef — from?

Opinion

This week marks the beginning of formal talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, an agreement President Donald Trump has called the “worst deal in history.” To make it a better deal, his Administration released a set of negotiating objectives last month, but they ignored the most outrageous example of how American consumers… Continue Reading

OIE reports on antimicrobial agents, animals in 130 countries

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is out with a first-time overview of the use of antimicrobial agents in animals. The 67-page report includes the first annual reporting on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals with global and regional analysis based on data ranging from 2010 to 2015. A total of 130 OIE… Continue Reading

FDA warns peanut firm about insanitary conditions, labeling

A peanut production facility in Virginia is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of food safety regulations regarding sanitary conditions during production, storage and transportation, and product labeling. Officials from the FDA’s Baltimore District Office inspected the Petersburg, VA, location of Coleman Peanut Co. from Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 in… Continue Reading

Letter from the Editor: The mouse is making me feel queasy

Opinion

Between the time I first began working for a daily newspaper and today, we’ve seen media ownership become much more concentrated. Back then when 50 or 60 mostly family corporations owned most of the media outlets in the country, most journalists who worked for them were troubled even by that concentration for the families generated… Continue Reading

11th Circuit sets date for arguments in PCA criminal appeals

Oral arguments for the appeals of Stewart Parnell, Michael Parnell and Mary Wilkerson are set for the week of Nov. 6, according to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The trio, once associated with the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), is appealing their jury convictions and sentences for their roles contributing to a Salmonella… Continue Reading

Looks like BPI got ABC’s insurance money plus $177 million

Disney files reports with SEC showing multi-million settlement in wake of 'pink slime' trial

The confidential settlement reached on June 28 between Beef Products Inc., and Disney-owned ABC News is not entirely a secret anymore. The Walt Disney Company’s quarterly financial filing with the Securities and Executive Commission (SEC) shows a charge of $177 million “net of committed insurance recoveries,” incurred in connection with a litigation settlement. Disney’s financial disclosures appear… Continue Reading

Utah woman sues Costco for taking away her Broadway dream

Chicken salad purchased at Costco, which turned out to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, has ravaged the life of a 20-year-old Utah woman who’s had to give up her lifelong goal of acting on Broadway. Attorneys for Chloe Rodgerson Monday sued the Seattle-based Costco Wholesale Corp. in U.S. District Court for the Central Division of… Continue Reading