08 NOV

Consumers find tips for perfect holiday meal from members of California Poultry Federation

MODESTO, CA (November 2017) – – Whether it be surfing the Web or dialing a toll-free phone number, California consumers will have plenty of help this holiday season in preparing the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

The California Poultry Federation (CPF) offers a convenient one-stop location on its website — www.cpif.org — for those consumers looking for timely tips on preparing the perfect holiday meal. CPF is the state’s only trade association representing all segments of the poultry industry, including turkey production and marketing companies. Read more

08 NOV

FOSTER FARMS DONATES TURKEY TO SERVE 140,000 HOLIDAY MEALS TO WEST COAST FAMILIES

LIVINGSTON, Calif. – As communities throughout Northern California recover from multiple wildfires, Foster Farms today delivered one of more than 10 truckloads of holiday turkey to food banks and community groups in California, Oregon and Washington. In total, Foster Farms will donate 126,000 pounds of turkey this holiday season, enough to serve more than 140,000 individual meals.  Read more

08 NOV

It’s (almost) turkey time: Foster Farms serves up tips for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey

With the most anticipated meal of the year just weeks away, the countdown to turkey time is on. The Thanksgiving preparation spotlight can make even the most experienced home cooks feel the pressure to perfect their holiday turkey. Family-owned poultry producer Foster Farms is offering tips to help home cooks brine, roast, grill, stuff and carve the perfect bird. Foster Farms’ Turkey Tips webpage – which includes a turkey roasting/grilling timetable, a step-by-step carving tutorial with slideshow and a delicious stuffing recipe from Foster Farms co-founder Verda Foster – will help cooks of all levels prepare a flawless Thanksgiving turkey.

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08 NOV

Republican plan delivers permanent corporate tax cut

Republican lawmakers unveiled a sweeping rewrite of the tax code on Thursday, outlining a $1.51 trillion plan that will deliver a significant tax cut for corporations and more modest savings for middle-class families while tilting the United States closer, but not entirely, toward the kind of tax system long championed by businesses. The House plan, released after weeks of internal debate, conflict and delay, is far from final and immediately ignited a legislative and lobbying fight as business groups, special interests and Democrats began tearing into the text ahead of a Republican sprint to get the legislation passed and to President Trump’s desk by Christmas. Lawmakers appeared unfazed by the blowback and scheduled the first official “markup” of the bill for Monday.  Read more

08 NOV

CEO of largest US chicken producer on sustainability: ‘Big food has to get in the ballgame’

Sustainability is a hot topic across industries, but Tyson Foods CEO Tom Hayes told CNBC that even major food producers like his have to step up to the plate.

“Here’s the issue: If we’re going to feed nine and a half billion people around the world by 2050, we have to be part of the solution. Big food has to get in the ballgame,” Hayes told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer when asked about sustainability efforts. Tyson is the country’s largest chicken producer and has a large share of the beef and pork markets. As a start, the company recently eliminated the use of antibiotics in all of its chicken products.  Read more

08 NOV

Consumers may not recognize costs, consequences of demand for ‘clean’ food

Eating “clean” is all about avoiding foods with additives, preservatives or other chemicals on the label. Considering the numerous studies linking certain foods with health ailments, clean eating makes sense, right? While it may seem well intentioned, Iowa State University professors of food science and human nutrition Ruth MacDonald and Ruth Litchfield warn of the consequences in terms of food waste, safety and cost.  Read more

01 NOV

House Republicans aim to unveil tax bill on Nov. 1, source says

House Republicans aim to introduce their tax bill on Nov. 1, a Capitol Hill source tells CNBC. The plan’s release will follow an expected House vote on the Senate-approved budget plan on Thursday. The Senate resolution unlocks a tool that would allow the tax bill to pass with only a simple majority of Republican votes in the Senate.

The GOP wants to approve a plan by the end of the year to dramatically lower individual and corporate tax rates, double the standard deduction and scrap certain taxes that largely affect wealthier Americans. The party released a framework of its proposal last month, but it lacked some details Republicans aimed to hash out before releasing a draft bill.  Read more

01 NOV

Working with FSIS to reduce condemnations and cut losses

They don’t know how to go about challenging unsupportable inspector decisions or hesitate to do so because they fear retaliation.

As a former supervisory veterinary medical officer with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), I can tell you that conducting regular condemnation reviews and taking action to reduce unnecessary condemnations is worthwhile.

The FSIS inspector’s job is to follow the criteria for condemning a carcass, but there’s a lot of judgment and subjectivity that goes into inspecting chickens and it can be difficult to make a quick decision about whether or not a carcass should be condemned. Read more

01 NOV

Appeals court taking foie gras off the menu in California

A federal appeals court has reinstated California’s ban on foie gras, finding that a state law preventing sales of the luxury liver pate made by force-feeding ducks and geese was not pre-empted by federal authority to regulate poultry products.

The ban was passed more than a decade ago after proponents said the process of fattening the livers of the birds was cruel and inhumane. The law took effect in 2011, but was blocked by a court in 2015, delighting chefs who wanted to serve the delicacy and leading to protests by animal rights groups. Read more

01 NOV

CERCLA and EPCRA reporting requirements for air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) require facilities to report releases of hazardous substances that are equal to or greater than their reportable quantities (RQ) within any 24-hour period. Following a hazardous substance reportable release, a facility owner or operator must notify federal authorities under CERCLA and state and local authorities under EPCRA.

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