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  • FEMA Contractor Predicts 'Social Unrest' Caused by 395% Food Price Spikes

    06/27/2016 7:42:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    motherboard.vice.com ^ | 6/26/2016 | Nafeez Ahmed
    The US national security industry is planning for the impact of an unprecedented global food crisis lasting as long as a decade, according to reports by a government contractor. The studies published by CNA Corporation in December 2015, unreported until now, describe a detailed simulation of a protracted global food crisis from 2020 to 2030. The simulation, titled ‘Food Chain Reaction’, was a desktop gaming exercise involving the participation of 65 officials from the US, Europe, Africa, India, Brazil, and key multilateral and intergovernmental institutions. The scenario for the ‘Food Chain Reaction’ simulation was created by experts brought in from...
  • That octopus is really squid, lawsuit against Goya claims

    05/13/2016 12:16:58 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 29 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/13/16
    A new lawsuit accuses Goya Foods Inc of cheating consumers by selling canned octopus products that actually contain cheaper, lower quality jumbo squid. "Independent DNA testing" confirmed that the largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company made the switch, according to a complaint filed late Wednesday in the federal court in San Jose, California. The lawsuit seeks at least $5 million of damages. Goya, based in Jersey City, New Jersey, did not immediately respond on Thursday to requests for comment. The plaintiff Luis Diego Zapata Fonseca, of Salinas, California, sued on behalf of purchasers nationwide and in California of Goya canned octopus...
  • CRF Frozen Foods Expands Voluntary Recall to Include All Frozen Vegetable and Fruit Products (FDA)

    05/04/2016 1:03:09 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 12 replies
    FDA ^ | 5/2/2016 | FDA
    PASCO, Wash. – As a precaution, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables. We are performing this voluntary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal...
  • FDA Warns The Parmesan You Eat May Be Wood Pulp

    02/20/2016 7:31:05 PM PST · by Lera · 70 replies
    Time ^ | Feb. 16, 2016
    The FDA is cracking down on companies that are lying about selling 100% Parmesan cheese The FDA is warning pasta and pizza lovers that cheese labeled “100 percent Parmesan” are often filled with cheese substitutes—like wood pulp. Yes, you’ve been eating wood, thanks to companies like Castle Cheese, which produced Parmesan cheese containing no actual Parmesan for almost 30 years. The president of the company, which supplied megastores like Target, is scheduled to plead guilty this month to charges that carry a sentence of up to a year in prison and a $100,o00 fine, according to Bloomberg.
  • Sheriff Blocks Feds From Harassing Raw Milk Farmer: “Stem the Tide of Federal Overreach”

    02/20/2016 4:42:10 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 28 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/19/2016 | Mac Slavo
    While many are still reeling from the outrageous shooting of LaVoy Finicum, and the aftermath of the Oregon standoff and arrest of patriots linked to it, there are other battles against the feds taking place across the country. Much less attention was paid to Sheriff Brad Rogers, of Elkhart County in Indiana, who just successfully concluded his own showdown with federal officials from the FDA. The scenario was quite different, but the principals involved strike a similar chord - burdensome overreach and tyranny on the part of the federal government and its swarm of agents. As activists have seen...
  • Green Anole Lizard Found in (Kindergartener's) Salad Becomes Class Mascot

    01/27/2016 11:19:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 26, 201 | Daniel Uria
    A kindergartener in New Jersey discovered a green anole lizard in a package of salad greens that soon became her class mascot. The girl's mother, Sally Mabon, discovered the lizard unconscious and grey in a "cold coma" as she opened a refrigerated bag of tatsoi she bought from a local grocery store. The lizard was able to make a full recovery after receiving some warmth and moisture. Mabon then brought it in to science teacher Mark Eastburn, who believes the lizard survived due to an increased resistance to cold. "It probably has some moderate adaptation to the cold which is...
  • Chipotle stock plunges again on new E. coli fears (intentional sabotage?)

    12/22/2015 10:48:21 PM PST · by dennisw · 36 replies
    money.cnn ^ | December 22, 2015: 3:59 PM ET | by Paul R. La Monica
    <p>Wall Street is very very worried that those long lines at Chipotle around lunchtime may be a thing of the past following reports of more E. coli cases tied to the popular Mexican food chain.</p> <p>Shares of Chipotle (CMG) fell 5% Tuesday and dipped below $500 for the first time since May 2014 after the CDC said Monday afternoon that there may be a new, unrelated E. coli outbreak.</p>
  • Tyson Recalls Over 52,000 Pounds of Cooked Chicken Wings

    11/17/2015 12:25:05 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 22 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 11/17/2015 | Aaron Montes
    Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling about 52,486 pounds of chicken wing products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Tuesday. Consumers who contacted Tyson Foods Inc. complained that "Any'tizers Fully Cooked Hot Wings, Chicken Wing Sections Coated with Flavorful Hot, Tangy Sauce" had an "off-odor" scent. The USDA said the product may be adulterated because of having the scent. The problem was discovered when Tyson Foods Inc. received consumer complaints of odor as well as mild illness associated with consumption. The USDA has categorized the chicken recall as a class II recall, which indicates that...
  • Kraft Recalls 36,000 Cases of Individually-Wrapped Cheese That Pose Choking Hazard

    08/02/2015 10:57:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    ktla ^ | August 2, 2015 | cnn wire
    The recall includes certain 3- and 4-pound packages of American and white American slices, Kraft said. Those affected have a “best when used by” date between December 29, 2015, and January 4, 2016, followed by the manufacturing code “S54″ or “S55.” “A thin strip of the individual packaging film may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed,” Kraft said. “If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard.” The company said it has received 10 complaints and three reports of choking.
  • Brace Yourself for a Thanksgiving Turkey Shortage

    06/18/2015 3:56:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 18, 2015 | Clint Rainey
    Bird flu has made the three-egg omelette a luxury item in parts of America, but the other fowl bearing the brunt of the highly pathogenic virus's outbreak is the poor turkey, whose flocks have been culled by 7.8 million so far. The USDA is now recognizing that this could have bad consequences in, say, five months, when a certain holiday occurs on the third Thursday of November. The federal agency's latest monthly hatchery report is a bit ominous: Reuters notes that it reports a "significant decline" in the May count for baby turkeys, or poults. That number (22.3 million) is...
  • USDA reports virulent strain of avian flu in Kansas poultry

    03/15/2015 5:28:07 PM PDT · by EBH · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/15/2015 | Tom Polansek
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified the first infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in poultry in Kansas, confirming the virus has spread into a migratory bird route that runs through the center of the country. The discovery of the H5N2 flu strain in a backyard chicken and duck flock in a county just outside Kansas City, Kan., is certain to lead to expanded restrictions on U.S. poultry exports from top trading partners like Mexico and Canada. The infection, confirmed on Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the first case in an...
  • New avian flu outbreak along Mississippi flyway challenges fowl farmers

    03/15/2015 5:02:20 AM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/15/2015 | Patrik Jonsson
    An outbreak of an avian bird flu that has attacked flocks of turkeys continues to spread throughout the Mississippi River Valley, as biosecurity detectives scramble to pin down the mode of transmission and contain the epidemic. Three states reporting an outbreak – Minnesota, Arkansas and Missouri – share the potential culprit. That would be the Mississippi River, which serves as a major flyway for migratory waterfowl. The particular strain of avian influenza usually doesn’t harm wild fowl, but does cause problems for domesticated flocks. The outbreak along the Mississippi flyway involves the same virus that has infected the Pacific flyway,...
  • Chipotle: No pork at a third of restaurants

    01/14/2015 5:47:26 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 38 replies
    MYFOXDC.COM ^ | 01-14-2015
    Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards. Chris Arnold, a spokesman for the Mexican food chain, told The Associated Press it's the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos and bowls. He said Chipotle learned of the violation by the supplier on Friday through a routine audit, and did not have a timeline for when carnitas would return to affected stores, about a third of its total base.
  • Aluminium poisoning may trigger Alzheimer’s disease, claims professor

    10/14/2014 1:01:10 PM PDT · by opentalk · 85 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | October 13, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Professor Chrisopher Exley of Keele University claims that aluminium present in everyday items like cosmetics and food may be building up in the brain and causing Alzheimer's disease Aluminium poisoning may be fuelling Alzheimer’s disease, a leading professor has claimed.Professor Chrisopher Exley, of Keele University, said that exposure to the metal causes deposits in the human brain which can exacerbate other problems...Aluminium, he argues, is now added to or used in almost everything we eat, drink, inject or absorb. The metal is abundant in the Earth’s crust and is naturally absorbed from the soil by plants and foodstuffs. But aluminium...
  • Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

    08/20/2014 5:47:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 69 replies
    CNS ^ | August 19, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) – The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was up from $3.880 per pound in June. A year ago, in July 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.459 per pound. Since then, the average price for a pound of ground beef has gone up 42.1 cents--or about 12 percent. Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of...
  • Cargill to close beef plant, cites cattle shortage

    07/30/2014 1:43:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 4:14 PM EDT
    Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle. A Midwest drought in 2011 and 2012 hurt cattle levels, said Cargill spokesman Mike Martin. Now, many herders are breeding the cattle they have and not selling them. U.S. beef cattle herd is at its lowest level since 1951, Cargill said. …
  • Big Corporations Have An OVERWHELMING Amount Of Power Over Our Food Supply

    07/20/2014 11:26:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 182 replies
    theeconomiccollapseblog ^ | July 14, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    From our fields to our forks, huge corporations have an overwhelming amount of power over our food supply every step of the way. Right now there are more than 313 million people living in the United States, and the job of feeding all of those people is almost entirely in the hands of just a few dozen monolithic companies. If you do not like how our food is produced or you don't believe that it is healthy enough, it isn't very hard to figure out who is to blame. These mammoth corporations are not in business to look out for...
  • Golden Rice: GMO "Super Gruel" for the Masses

    07/19/2014 6:58:29 AM PDT · by Renfield · 101 replies
    Land Destroyer ^ | 7-16-2014
    July 16, 2014 (LocalOrg) - Corporate biotechnology monopolies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, and others have met increasing resistance to their attempts to patent and control global agriculture. They have spent untold fortunes attempting to sway the public but to no avail. Local, organic agriculture is growing in popularity and proliferating across all social-strata. The introduction of technology to automate and augment organic farming is making it as competitive and accessible or more so than the capital-intensive models of monopoly employed by big-ag. In response, big-ag has attempted several distasteful public relation stunts, including "super bananas for Africa" and "Golden Rice" to allegedly...
  • Benton County Health Department cracks down after food-poisoning outbreak

    06/26/2014 8:17:39 AM PDT · by fella · 5 replies
    40/29 TV ^ | 26 june 2014
    BENTON COUNTY, Ark. —The Benton County Health Department is cracking down after a food-poisoning outbreak at the Walmart home office cafe
  • Kraft Foods Recalls Velveeta Cheese, Report

    06/22/2014 12:35:53 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    Canada Journal ^ | 6-22-2014
    If you have Velveeta cheese in the fridge, check the label. According to the Chicago Tribune, Kraft is recalling 32-ounce containers of the cheese after it was found that a specific batch didn’t contain enough preservatives. In a release, the company explained that, while unlikely, insufficient levels of sorbic acid in the 260 recalled cases of Velveeta original pasteurized recipe cheese product could cause it to spoil before the best-by date or trigger food-borne illnesses in people who eat it. Consumers are advised to check their labels, and the recalled products have the code “021000611614”, a date stamp that reads...
  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

    04/18/2014 9:52:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) -- A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. The half dozen kids - that is, baby goats - that arrived last week at Pine Island Farm were the latest additions to the Vermont Goat Collaborative, a project that brings together new Americans hungry for goat meat with dairy goat farmers who have no need for young male animals. Some dairy farmers who otherwise would discard bucklings at birth or spend valuable time finding homes...
  • BOMBSHELL REPORT: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch (freerepublic credited)

    04/11/2014 3:01:50 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 209 replies
    http://www.redflagnews.com ^ | april 11, 2014 | kit daniels
    The Bureau of Land Management, whose Director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations. Corrupt Democratic Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) working with the Chinese gov’t to take land from hard-working Americans. Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled “Cattle Trespass Impacts” directly states that Bundy’s cattle “impacts” solar development, more specifically the construction of...
  • THE BUNDY DAUGHTER SPEAKS OUT ON GOVERNMENT TERRORISM AGAINST HER FAMILY! (Nevada Rancher)

    04/10/2014 11:32:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 367 replies
    America's Freedom Fighters ^ | Apr 9, 2014 | Clark Kent
    By SHIREE BUNDY COX: I have had people ask me to explain my dad’s stance on this BLM fight. Here it is in as simple of terms as I can explain it. There is so much to it, but here it is in a nut shell. My great grandpa bought the rights to the Bunkerville allotment back in 1887 around there. Then he sold them to my grandpa who then turned them over to my dad in 1972. These men bought and paid for their rights to the range and also built waters, fences and roads to assure the survival...
  • US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs

    04/08/2014 12:13:00 PM PDT · by don-o · 51 replies
    AP ^ | April 8, 2014 | M.L. JOHNSON
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.
  • Million jars of peanut butter dumped in New Mexico

    03/29/2014 10:07:18 PM PDT · by kingattax · 30 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | March 28, 2014 | JERI CLAUSING
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a million jars of peanut butter were dumped at a New Mexico landfill this week to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall. Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said he had no other choice after Costco Wholesale refused to take shipment of the Sunland Inc. product and declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food to institutions like prisons. "We considered all options," Coll said. "They didn't agree." MelindaJoy Pattison, executive...
  • Florida family falls ill after eating meat tainted with LSD

    03/08/2014 1:29:47 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/7/2014 | Fox News
    TAMPA, Fla. – Authorities say a Florida woman who was 9 months pregnant and her family became ill after eating meat tainted with LSD. Tampa police say doctors induced labor and the woman had a healthy baby boy. The entire family was eventually released from the hospital in good condition.
  • How California Voters Raised the Price of Eggs Across America

    03/08/2014 11:22:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 274 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/08/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    In 2008, California voters endorsed Proposition 2 which banned the confinement of animals. California egg producers had to ensure that chickens had enough room to move around which negated so-called “factory farming” and would end up raising the price of eggs by 20%.Obviously this was a problem for California agriculture which would have trouble competing on price with free agriculture. And there’s only so much of a market for fair-trade free-range organic chickens lovingly raised in a Quaker school by social justice experts on a strict diet of granola and NPR broadcasts.And so California’s reds decided to instead raise the...
  • Here Are The Countries That Spend The Most On Food

    02/24/2014 5:59:29 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 2-24-2014 | Matthew Boesler
    Here Are The Countries That Spend The Most On Food Matthew BoeslerFeb. 24, 2014, 8:28 PM Renaissance Macro Research, Congressional Research Service This chart plots the share of household income in a given country spent on food against the level of household income in that country. Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro, warns that rising food prices may serve as an additional economic headwind to some of the emerging markets in the top-left region of the chart (India, China, Indonesia, and Nigeria, to name a few). "Food prices are climbing for a range of items including cattle,...
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers (CSPI supported rules)

    02/23/2014 10:55:18 AM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    im Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent. A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm — an inspector from the Food and Drug Administration — warned him that some organic-growing techniques he had honed over four decades could soon be outlawed. "This is my badge. These are the fines. This is what is hanging over your head, and we want you to know that," Crawford says the official told him. Crawford's popular farm may seem a curious place for...
  • No Federal Water For Farmers; Officials Mulling ‘Legality’ Of Mandatory Rationing

    02/21/2014 1:10:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CBSLA.com/AP) ^ | February 21, 2014 10:58 AM
    The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday it will continue to monitor rain and snowfall, but at this point, there’s not enough water in the Central Valley Project to give water to farmers, the Associated Press reported. After receiving 20 percent of their normal allowance last year, Central Valley farmers will receive zero percent after Friday’s announcement... “I don’t think we’ve ever had a mandatory rationing of water throughout the entire state,” said Brown. “We’re just looking into the practicality and the legality of that.” The drought was also the focus of a weather science webcast Friday at the Aquarium...
  • Subway Takes Chemical Out of Sandwich Bread After Protest

    02/06/2014 4:44:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    ABC ^ | Susan Donaldson James
    Subway said today it is removing a chemical used in yoga mats and shoe soles from the bread of it its popular sandwiches after a food blogger got more than 50,000 signatures in a petition drive. "The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon," Subway said in a statement. The company said the move had nothing to do with the protest and that it was "already in the process of removing azodicarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts." But Vani Hari, the activist blogger who takes credit for the removal of yellow...
  • Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.

    01/19/2014 2:34:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    NPR ^ | January 17, 2014 | Allison Aubrey
    Americans may recoil at the thought of eating horse meat, but other countries feel quite differently, as the sign above this butcher shop in Paris attests. Americans may recoil at the thought of eating horse meat, but other countries feel quite differently, as the sign above this butcher shop in Paris attests. When a federal ban on slaughtering horses to produce horse meat was lifted several years back, ranchers including Rick De Los Santos, a New Mexico rancher and owner of Valley Meat Co., stepped up to start operations with an aim to export the meat. But, as we've reported,...
  • Chefs Don't Agree With New California Law Requiring Gloves During Food Preparation

    01/16/2014 1:31:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 | Chase Cain
    Many consider sushi an art. But a new state law will soon require a glove between these artists and their creations. "The service is going to be slow because of the glove," said Gary Wong, a sushi chef. "When you're making sushi, you have to use the bare hand to feel the texture and the fish." Wong also worries that gloves could lead to fingers getting cut with a slip of the knife. And it's a worry shared across cuisines, like at Pican in downtown Oakland. "It's difficult because your hands sweat," said Sophina Uong, Pican's executive chef. "You're in...
  • Kraft Announces there is a Velveeta Cheese Shortage

    01/07/2014 3:38:05 PM PST · by hondact200 · 136 replies
    saw it on the world wide web | january 7, 2014 | hondact200
    Kraft announces that you may not double dip this year because Kraft has not been supplying enough Velveeta Cheese throughout all of the USA. There is ample supply in Chicago but on the Coasts there may be a run on it
  • 8 Million Acres of China's Farmland is Too Polluted to Farm; All Farm Products From China Suspect

    01/05/2014 6:56:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    At the end of 2013, China reported over 3 mln hectares of land too polluted to farm. About 3.33 million hectares (8 million acres) of China's farmland is too polluted to grow crops, a government official said on Monday, highlighting the risk facing agriculture after three decades of rapid industrial growth. China has been under pressure to improve its urban environment following a spate of pollution scares. But cleaning up rural regions could be an even bigger challenge as the government tries to reverse damage done by years of urban and industrial encroachment and ensure food supplies for a growing...
  • Most chicken sold in stores is contaminated, Consumer Reports says

    12/19/2013 12:04:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 151 replies
    A report released Thursday indicates that just about all chicken sold in U.S. stores contains harmful bacteria, and nearly half are tainted with a so-called superbug that's resistant to antibiotics. The Consumer Reports study, its most comprehensive to date on poultry, tested raw chicken breasts purchased at retail outlets nationwide for six bacteria, then checked for antibiotic resistance. The results showed nearly half of the samples were contaminated with at least one bacterium resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics, what's known as a superbug. Slightly more than 10 percent were tainted with two superbugs. That finding is cause...
  • Robot hamburger factory makes 360 Gourmet Burgers every hour...

    12/11/2013 2:31:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    Next Big Future Blog ^ | December 5, 2013 | Brian Wang
    Momentum Machines robot enables a restaurant can offer gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices. It does everything employees can do except better: * it slices toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible. * their next revision will offer custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem. * Also, our next revision will use gourmet cooking techniques never before used in a fast food restaurant, giving the patty the perfect char but keeping in...
  • Controversial study linking GM corn to tumors in rats retracted

    11/29/2013 8:30:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    Io9 ^ | 11/29/13 8:00am | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Since its publication in September 2012, a study that showed rats fed Monsanto’s glyphosate-resistant NK603 maize developed more tumors than controls has been roundly criticized for its poor experimental design and dubious statistical methods. Yesterday, the study was retracted. The retraction was initiated by the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology after the authors refused to withdraw it themselves.
  • Butterball warns of a turkey shortage

    11/18/2013 7:31:42 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 35 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 18, 2013
    The nation's largest producer of turkeys is warning of a shortage of birds, just in time for Thanksgiving. Butterball announced that it will be shipping out half as many large, fresh never-frozen turkeys to retailers this year. The company says many of its birds had trouble gaining weight during the production process. And though the cause of the problem remains a mystery, food distributors say their orders for turkeys 16 pounds and bigger have been slashed in half. Sixteen pounds is the national average for Thanksgiving holiday turkeys making this shortage a particularly concerning problem.
  • Butterball has shortage of unfrozen, large turkeys, according to Big Y officials

    11/13/2013 2:57:10 PM PST · by libertarian27 · 65 replies
    The Republican ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Jim Kinney
    SPRINGFIELD - Butterball has just announced to officials at supermarkets around the country, including Big Y World Class Markets, that there is a national shortage of their large fresh (unfrozen) turkeys for this Thanksgiving. A mistake was made in the production of fresh Butterball brand turkeys this year and the company has cut every retailer's allotment by 50 percent, said Claire D'Amour-Daley, Big Y vice president of of corporate communications. The cut represents thousands of turkeys that would have been shipped to Big Y. The same goes for every other retailer, she said. Butterball's corporate offices did not return calls...
  • Chicken In Popular Products May Soon Be Made In China

    11/12/2013 5:54:07 PM PST · by TexGrill · 55 replies
    WBZ TV ^ | 11/11/2013 | Michelle Roberts
    BOSTON (CBS) — As soon as next summer, nuggets and other popular chicken products could be made with chicken processed in China, all because of a recent change in regulations. “Oh, it makes me a little nervous,” says mother of two, Katrina Lee. China has a long history of serving up unsafe food, including the industrial chemical melamine that was deliberately put in pet food and infant formula. There were also cases of tainted rat meat passed off as lamb. “To me it’s a big leap of faith for us to now have to accept that foods coming from china...
  • 7 Important medications running low in U.S. Hospitals

    11/02/2013 10:28:41 AM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 24 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2013-11-02 11:10 | Tracy Woolrich
    These seven drugs are running short in US hospitals. What is the cause of the drug shortage when considering the power of the pharmaceutical industry. How can we get them back to the hospital shelves. Drug shortages are nothing new, In fact, in 2011, there were 251 drug shortages reported by the FDA. 183 of those involved sterile injectable drugs. In 2012, there was less with only 117 new drug shortages, 84 of which involved sterile injectable drugs. Fortunately through early notifications from manufacturers the FDA has been able to prevent 282 shortages last year and numerous times this year...
  • Global wine shortage looms, says report

    10/30/2013 5:32:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/30/13
    <p>Here’s a sobering thought for you. A global wine shortage may be around the corner.</p> <p>According to a report released this week by Morgan Stanley Research, there was a global undersupply of about 300 million cases of wine in 2012, the largest deficit recorded in almost 50 years.</p>
  • Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Continues Fight Against Closure

    10/22/2013 3:34:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    SF Appeal ^ | Julie Cheever
    As promised, the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. appealed to an expanded panel of a federal appeals court in San Francisco today to allow it to keep operating at Point Reyes National Seashore. The oyster farm and owner Kevin Lunny asked an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision in which a smaller panel of the court ruled against the company by a 2 to 1 vote in September. In that ruling, the smaller panel upheld a federal trial judge’s denial of a preliminary injunction that would have allowed the oyster harvesting to continue...
  • Jerky treat mystery: Nearly 600 pets dead; still no source, FDA says

    10/22/2013 10:48:04 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/22/13 | JoNel Aleccia
    Nearly 600 pets have died and more than 3,600 have been sickened in an ongoing, mysterious outbreak of illnesses tied to jerky treats made in China, federal animal health officials said Tuesday. Most of the cases have been in dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes, although 10 cats have been sickened, too. The pace of the reported illnesses appears to have slowed, but federal Food and Drug Administration officials are now seeking extra help from veterinarians and pet owners in solving the ongoing puzzle.“To date, testing for contaminants in jerky treats has not revealed a cause for the illnesses,” Martine...
  • Early snow kills thousands of cattle in SD

    10/07/2013 6:29:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 306 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2013 7:10 PM EDT | Chet Brokaw
    A record-breaking storm that dumped 4 feet of snow in parts of western South Dakota left ranchers dealing with heavy losses, in some cases perhaps up to half their herds, as they assess how many of their cattle died during the unseasonably early blizzard. Meanwhile, utility companies were working to restore power to tens of thousands of people still without electricity Monday after the weekend storm that was part of a powerful weather system that also buried parts of Wyoming and Colorado with snow and produced destructive tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa. At least four deaths were attributed to the...
  • Prisoners at Jail Overrun With Rabbits Banned From Bunny Boiling After EATING Them

    09/15/2013 12:51:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Mirror ^ | 9/15 | Matthew Drake
    Hungry lags were ordered to stop snaring the pests and cooking them in their microwaves - because it upsets the prison's staffInmates at a jail overrun by rabbits have been hit by a bunny boiling ban after the governor found they were EATING them. Hungry lags were ordered to stop snaring the pests and cooking them in their microwaves - because it upsets the prison's staff. The jailbirds' culinary caper emerged after the Sunday Mirror revealed last week how the grounds of Ford open prison were being dug up by around 5,000 of the creatures. Pest controllers were called in...
  • Quit Washing Your Chicken: It Just Sprays Germs Everywhere

    08/26/2013 3:13:43 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 99 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 26, 2013
    Generations of American cooks are wrong. They learned their wrongity wrongity wrong habits from their parents, or from public television’s Julia Child. Their terrible, filthy habit is rinsing poultry before cooking. Public health experts estimate that as many as 90% of Americans do it, and they want us to cut it out. Poultry-washing makes intuitive sense: you don’t know where that bird has been or what kind of bacteria are crawling on the outside. Julia Child herself admitted that washing a chicken before roasting it felt cleaner, even if the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the government agency in charge of...
  • Endocannabinoids trigger inflammation that leads to diabetes

    08/21/2013 5:39:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Institutes of Health ^ | August 19, 2013 | NA
    NIH scientists identify possible treatment target for type 2 diabetesResearchers at the National Institutes of Health have clarified in rodent and test tube experiments the role that inflammation plays in type 2 diabetes, and revealed a possible molecular target for treating the disease. The researchers say some natural messenger chemicals in the body are involved in an inflammatory chain that can kill cells in the pancreas, which produces insulin. A report of the finding appears online in Nature Medicine.“This study is a significant milestone in an ongoing exploration of the endocannabinoid system’s role in the metabolic complications of obesity,” says...
  • Studies Link Plastic Food Packaging To Diabetes, Obesity Risks In Kids

    08/19/2013 5:09:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 73 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 19, 2013
    Because there are apparently not enough studies to convince the Food and Drug Administration that controversial chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) should not be used in just about every form of food packaging, yet another study has been published linking BPA to childhood obesity. Meanwhile, a separate study released today showed a possible connection between a widely used plasticizer and diabetes. Both studies are to be published in the September 2013 edition of the journal Pediatrics and are currently available for free online. The first study [PDF] investigated the relationship between levels of BPA in urine and subjects’ body mass index (BMI),...