USDA has set up a toll-free number for poultry producers to report any suspicious deaths or illnesses in their flocks that could be the deadly H5N1 virus, or "bird flu." US officials say they expect the virus to first arrive in North America via migratory wild birds, but that commercial flocks could also be vulnerable.
Wayne Farms LLC opened its Decatur, AL, further processing facility in January. The new plant is Wayne Farms' sixth poultry facility in the state and is bringing an additional 165 new jobs to the area.
Dole Food Co. promoted Peter Gilmore to vice president, Eastern Seaboard sourcing. Gilmore joined Dole in 1979 as a management analyst. His most current role with the company was vice president, business development for Dole Fresh Fruit.
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream's Bakersfield, CA, plant was honored as Food Engineering's (FE) 2006 Plant of the Year in a special awards presentation at the Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference last month.
The US government did not break trade law during the recent mad cow crisis, but applied international rules creatively to minimize trade distortions to the cross-border beef and cattle industry, according to "Mad Cow: A Case Study in Canadian-American Relations," a new report from The Fraser Institute.
Did you know that once a consumer picks up a product from a store shelf, there's an 87 percent chance that he or she will buy it? Packaging that is more appealing, functional and easier to stack on store shelves catches the consumer's eye, according to a report from IPL Packaging.
The federal government is funneling an additional $63 million in agricultural aid into the Gulf Coast region, still struggling to overcome last summer's devastating hurricanes. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced that Emergency Conservation Program (EPC) funds will be available to assist agricultural producers in counties that were declared disaster areas.
Dr. Nancy Rachman has been named senior director, safety evaluation and scientific affairs for the Food Products Association. In this position, she will focus on scientific, regulatory and public policy development associated with food safety.
Heinz, HP Foods to Merge
The UK's Competition Commission has provisionally cleared the acquisition by HJ Heinz Company of the HP Foods Group. Both Heinz and HP produce ketchup, brown sauce and barbecue sauce. Heinz also produces baked beans and canned pasta products, while HP branded baked beans and pasta products are currently produced by Premier Foods plc, under a license from HP.