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Almost 1M Pounds of Breaded Chicken Recalled Due to Foreign Matter Contamination

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Not many recalls hit the seven-figure mark for pounds recalled. And while the current chicken recall didn’t quite get there, it was pretty darn close. On Thursday, FSIS announced that Oklahoma-based OK Foods was recalling approximately 933,272 pounds of breaded chicken because of possible metal contamination. The problem was discovered earlier this week, when metal objects were found in the RTE chicken …

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IDFA President and CEO Urges Congress to Address Risk Management for Milk Processors and Farmers in Testimony Before House Agriculture Committee

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WASHINGTON, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), testified today before the House Committee on Agriculture about dairy policy and its impact on potential provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. Dykes said that IDFA’s top priority is to enhance demand for U.S. dairy products—both at home and in the global market. “First and foremost, …

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Kellogg’s Named Top Food Brand for Consumer Engagement

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Word of mouth has always been important for brands. And today, a lot of that conversation happens over social media. In a first-of-its-kind study of offline and online consumer engagement, Engagement Labs recently named Kellogg’s the top TotalSocial food brand, followed by Hershey’s and Heinz. The study measured offline and online performance. Offline score reflects how well a brand drives face-to-face …

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Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposes Deep USDA Cuts

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The Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 budget, the ‘America First’ Blueprint, cuts discretionary spending for the USDA by $4.7 billion to $17.9 billion. Let’s look at the details, how people are reacting, and what the food industry can expect next. Budget details Last week, the Trump Administration released its 2018 budget proposal. In it, the USDA loses about one-fifth of its discretionary …

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Apple Edges Out Pizza for America’s Favorite Pie

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Happy Pi Day! I hope you’re taking this opportunity to celebrate with a slice of your favorite pie, which, according to a Harris poll, is likely to be a sweet pie with delicious filling. Apple pie came out on top in the informal survey, capturing 12% of the favorite pie vote. Pizza was in second place at 10% overall, but was the standout …

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Can Yogurt Cure Depression?

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The findings are very preliminary and, so far, only in mice…but, according to Science Daily, new research suggests that a bacteria found in yogurt may be able to reduce symptoms of depression. Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine recently found that the amount of the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus in the gut affects the level of the metabolite kynurenine (which …

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4 Asian Countries Limit U.S. Poultry Imports Because of Bird Flu

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South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong have all taken steps to limit imports of U.S. poultry after the discovery of avian flu on a Tennessee chicken farm, according to a Reuters report. The countries are each taking a different approach. South Korea has banned U.S. poultry and egg imports entirely, Japan and Taiwan have blocked imports from Tennessee, and …

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Listeria-Related Recalls Keep Rolling In

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In what’s starting to feel like old news, more recalls have been issued in the nationwide incident related to Listeria found in cheese from supplier Deutsch Kase Haus. The three newest recalls were issued by Three Ready Pac Foods, which last week recalled nearly 60,000 pounds of chicken salad; Lipari Foods, which just today recalled various bulk and retail cheeses that had been distributed to foodservice and …

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Chobani Tops List of World’s Most Innovative Companies in Food

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Chobani, the company made Greek yogurt a staple in fridges across America, was named by Fast Company as the #1 Most Innovative Company in Food and the #9 Most Innovative Company of the Year across all industries. Fast Company gives Chobani points for taking on competitors directly in their ad campaigns, aggressively pursuing new product development, and funding a healthy-living food incubator. Chobani founder …

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Q4 Food and Beverage Recalls Hit Highest Level Since 2010

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According to the Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS Recall Index, there were 246 FDA food recalls in the fourth quarter of last year. That’s an increase of 12% over the previous quarter and the highest number we’ve seen since at least Q1 2010. At the same time, USDA recalls fell 16% to 32. For FDA recalls, the top 3 food categories were: Supplements (28.2%) Baked …