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Massive ground beef recall feared to have shipped nationwide

By Jeremy Gerrard
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The Wolverine Packing Company of Detroit recalled about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products on Monday because of a potential E. coli contamination.


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USDA report reveals climate events could jeopardize food supply

By Jeremy Gerrard
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The National Climate Assessment report detailing the impact of climate change on rural communities in the United States concluded the nation’s agricultural, ranching and foresting communities are resilient, but will face challenges responding to and preparing for climate change risks.


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Food Safety Summit 2014 focuses on FSMA

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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More than 1,500 food safety professionals gathered at BNP Media’s 16th Annual Food Safety Summit (FSS) last month in Baltimore, MD to learn about the latest FSMA updates and how they will affect their companies’ businesses.


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Vilsack says funding cut won’t compromise meat safety

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 US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a cut to USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service contained in the Obama administration’s 2015 budget proposal will not hamper the agency’s meat, poultry and egg inspection responsibilities.  


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Sanitary Equipment Design

Sanitary Equipment Design

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Depending on the application and the country, design rules and standards can vary, causing headaches for machine builders as they try to make designs more universal.


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USDA to increase funding for SNAP employment and training programs

The programs are designed to help SNAP recipients train for jobs that would allow them to transition off of food assistance.
By Shane O'Halloran
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The programs are designed to help SNAP recipients train for jobs that would allow them to transition off of food assistance.
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February food prices see biggest increase since 2011

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports prices were up .4 percent in the month.
By Shane O'Halloran
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports prices were up .4 percent in the month.


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USDA's APHIS implements final BSE rule

All beef products imported into the US will now require certification based on the BSE risk category recognized for the region in order to export meat.
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All beef products imported into the US will now require certification based on the BSE risk category recognized for the region in order to export meat.
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Raw materials: Test or no test?

You can send incoming raw material samples out to a third-party lab, but plenty of easy-to-use, rapid test kits can more quickly provide the results you need—right at your own facility.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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A June 10, 2011 report on Deutsche Welle states “bean sprouts are the likely source of an E. coli outbreak in Germany that has killed 31 people and made nearly 3,000 ill since May [2011].” This information was attributed to Reinhard Burger, president of Germany’s federal infectious disease laboratory, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). 


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USDA FSIS alleges Rancho Feeding Corp circumvented federal rules

The Petaluma, CA-based processor was accused of introducing animals into the human food supply without inspection.
By Shane O'Halloran
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The Petaluma, CA-based processor was accused of introducing animals into the human food supply without inspection.
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