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Managing for Salmonella in 2015 Continues to Present Challenges

Despite decades of efforts to control contamination rates, Salmonella has long been the most common illness-causing bacteria in food, and it remains the leading cause of death and hospitalization from foodborne illness in the U.S. Today, Salmonella is still one of the top food safety concerns for the food industry, government regulators, and consumer advocates, and it’s regularly the leading topic at… Continue Reading

Plastic Reported in Chicken Nuggets From McDonald’s Outlet in Japan

McDonald’s Japan and Cargill Inc., one of the fast-food company’s chicken suppliers in Asia, are apologizing and trying to reassure the public after a customer at a McDonald’s outlet in Misawa, Japan, reportedly found a 1.5-inch strip of vinyl in an order of chicken nuggets this past weekend. “I am confident that my family can… Continue Reading

2014 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

Food Safety News wrote a lot about antibiotic resistance this year — particularly the debate surrounding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food animals, introduced in December 2013, and conversations sparked by the 16-month outbreak of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms-brand chicken that… Continue Reading

Consumers Urged to Go Antibiotic-Free With Their Thanksgiving Turkey

Public health advocates are calling on consumers to go antibiotic-free with their traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Earlier this week, the Pew Charitable Trusts posted its three reasons to buy a Thanksgiving turkey raised without antibiotics — the main one being that consumers can influence food producers to curb the overuse of antibiotics in livestock raised for… Continue Reading

Cargill to Phase Out Growth-Promoting Antibiotics in Signature Turkey Brands

Cargill announced this week that it will stop using antibiotics for growth promotion in raising its turkeys. The company says the changes to its two signature brands — Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms — makes Cargill the first major turkey producer to have a USDA Process Verified Program for this purpose. A Cargill press release… Continue Reading

‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit Gets Green Light for Trial As Product Demand Returns

Lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) is back, and the lawsuit one of its producers has going against ABC News is not going away. It hasn’t been for lack of trying. ABC tried to get the “disparagement of agriculture” lawsuit dismissed, and, when that failed, transferred it to U.S. District Court. That failed, too. Now the… Continue Reading

Cargill Rolls Out Labels for Some Finely Textured Beef Products

Calling it a move to improve transparency with consumers, major American beef producer Cargill has begun labeling some of its ground beef products that contain the company’s finely textured beef, a lean beef product derived from fatty trimmings. The company announced the decision to do so in November, saying it would make the move before… Continue Reading

Cargill to Label Products Containing Finely Textured Beef

Cargill Beef will begin labeling products that contain finely textured beef (FTB), a product sometimes referred to as “pink slime,” along with a similar product, lean finely textured beef made by Beef Products, Inc. The company plans to start using a label reading “Contains Finely Textured Beef” on its branded, U.S.-made ground beef before the 2014… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Why Does FSIS Like Foster Farms’ Salmonella Better Than Cargill’s Salmonella?


Is it because Foster Farms was selling tainted chicken in pieces and Cargill was selling tainted ground beef and turkey? On Friday, CDC reported that a total of 317 individuals infected with multiple outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 20 states and Puerto Rico linked to Foster Farms chicken. Most of those… Continue Reading

Q&A with Author Ted Conover on His Work as a USDA Meat Inspector

Author and journalist Ted Conover has built his reputation through first-person accounts from inside sectors of society that receive little recognition from the mainstream. His writing has taken him across the U.S. on trains with some of the last classic hobos, across the Mexican border three times with illegal border-crossers, and into New York’s Sing… Continue Reading