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Activists get timely crack at making CAFOs report pollution data

Hanor Companies is moving its headquarters to Enid, OK, from Wisconsin and several activists groups would like to see the pork producer pull out of North Carolina soon, too. They may get their wish as a federal court in North Carolina has decided to let a potentially game-changing lawsuit against an 8,000-pig farm go forward…. Continue Reading

Ammonia Leak Causes Scare at Food Facility

On Monday an ammonia leak at a refrigeration plant in Alabama caused 84 people to seek medical attention, reported Meatingplace. Millard Refrigeration Services in Theodore, Ala., freezes poultry for export. According to Millard’s website, the 240,000 square foot plant has a private port and can handle 2.5 million pounds daily. The plant appears on the… Continue Reading

BPI to Post Pathogen Test Results Online

Beef Products Inc. (BPI), the pioneer of ammonia-treated beef, announced on Friday it intends to begin posting all E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella test results online. “We intend to put in place a system that will allow everyone to have access to BPI test data for E.coli O157:H7 and Salmonella at virtually the same time… Continue Reading

New Meat Treatment Process Enters Market

Elanco, the same company that jumped feet-first into the controversy surrounding artificial recombinant bovine growth hormones with its 2008 purchase of the Posilac brand from Monsanto, has now moved into the food safety business with Elanco Food Solutions. The company is going to be competing in that seemingly growing field of processing agents to make… Continue Reading

BPI Sues to Keep Ammonia Beef Records Private

The ammonia beef saga has taken an interesting twist. Right before the New York Times published an article questioning the pervasive use of ammonia in beef processing, lawyers at Marler Clark, LLP, a food safety litigation firm based in Seattle, sent a formal request to Iowa State University seeking public records related to the research… Continue Reading

Is American Meat Unsafe or is this a Trade War?

Is “Made in the U.S.A.” safe?  Or, is this a trade war? When I was a kid in the early 1960s, I recall that “Made in Japan” meant cheap, but also sub-par in quality.  Interesting how that has changed (compare Japanese made cars to those made in the U.S. for quality and sales). More recently,… Continue Reading

FSIS to Test Ammoniated Beef for E. coli

In the wake of a New York Times expose, which scrutinized the widespread use of ammoniated meat in ground beef products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in a directive that it will no longer exclude the chemically-treated beef from testing regulations. The directive provides new directions for… Continue Reading