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USDA kills 73,500 Tyson-bound chickens because of bird flu

For the fourth year in a row, highly pathogenic H7 avian flu has struck birds the United States. A Lincoln County, TN, poultry farm that supplies Tyson Foods took the brunt of avian flu’s return, when 73,500 chickens had to be destroyed to prevent them from entering the food supply or spreading the virus. Another 30… Continue Reading

Tyson’s recalls popcorn chicken shipped with unwanted plastic

Tyson Foods at New Holland, PA Saturday recalled approximately 1,148 pounds of frozen popcorn chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic, according to  the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The frozen, ready-to-eat, whole grain popcorn chicken items were produced on August 10, 2016. The following… Continue Reading

2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

It’s difficult to summarize what happened on the animal antibiotics front this year. There were lots of pledges, lots of discussions and lots of reports, but not very many actions. Still, we still wanted to recap what happened in the 2015 regarding animal antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections… Continue Reading

Why Chicken Is Going Antibiotic-Free First

When McDonald’s announced in March that it would be phasing out the use of medically important antibiotics in raising the chickens that supply its 14,000 U.S. restaurants, some asked, “What about the Big Mac and the McRib?” Since then, Tyson Foods and Foster Farms have made commitments to responsible use of antibiotics in chicken production…. 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

Salmonella Chicken Recall: Tyson, Yes; Foster Farms, No. Why?

Opinion

Here’s the question that FSIS, Tyson and Foster Farms should answer: Why does Tyson recall its product after seven people are sickened and Foster Farms recalls nothing after 550 people are sickened in two outbreaks? According to FSIS, a food recall is a voluntary action by a manufacturer or distributor to protect the public from… Continue Reading

Tyson Recalls Mechanically Separated Chicken in Salmonella Outbreak

Tyson Foods is recalling 33,840 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The products are being recalled after being connected to Salmonella illnesses at a Tennessee correctional facility where the chicken was served. Seven patients have… Continue Reading

Smithfield, Tyson Encouraging Transition Away From Gestation Crates

Major pork producers Smithfield Foods and Tyson Foods have both announced plans this week to develop animal welfare improvements within their facilities, including moving away from the practice of using sow gestation crates, small metal enclosures that hold pregnant female pigs for most of their adult lives. Gestation crates have come under heavy criticism as… Continue Reading

Tyson Still No. 1; JBS Almost Closed Gap and BPI Took a Hit

Meat & Poultry's top 100 rankings disclose industry performance

The trade press magazine Meat & Poultry has come out with its annual Top 100 rankings of the industry’s biggest companies. In doing the annual rankings, Meat & Poultry discloses the economic damage done to Dakota Dunes, SD-based Beef Products Inc. by last year’s media storm over the use of “lean finely textured beef” by… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Filed in E. coli Death; Defendants Include JBS, BPI and Tyson

JBS Swift, Tyson Fresh Meat, Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and several other companies have been blamed for the 2010 death of a Minnesota man due to E. coli poisoning in a lawsuit filed against the defendants on Jan. 8. Robert Danell, a 62-year-old man with Down Syndrome, died from medical complications days after falling ill… Continue Reading