March 23, 2017
Leading the headlines today is word that
Food Safety and Inspection Service announced additional steps to keep
the food supply safe for American families in light of the recent
investigations of Brazil’s meat industry. While none of the
slaughter or processing facilities implicated in the Brazilian scandal
have shipped meat products to the United States, FSIS immediately
instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw beef and
ready-to-eat products from Brazil upon hearing reports of the Brazilian
investigation. FSIS has also increased its examination of all these
products at ports-of-entry across the country. The agency will
indefinitely maintain its 100% re-inspection and pathogen testing of all
lots of FSIS-regulated products imported from Brazil.
Heinz is investing $200 million in an expanded corporate social
responsibility program that includes a pledge to fight malnutrition and
decrease its environmental footprint. The Kraft Heinz announcement
comes about a month after the company pulled a $143 billion bid to buy
Unilever, saying it didn’t want to get involved in a politically charged
Blue Apron announced the acquisition of BN
Ranch, a leading provider of sustainable, responsibly raised beef, lamb,
and poultry in the U.S.
will now own the BN Ranch brand, supported by the BN Ranch staff of
experts and its global network of farms and ranches. Bill Niman will
join the Blue Apron team as President and Founder, BN Ranch. In addition
to providing meat for Blue Apron menus, BN Ranch will continue to supply
its current retail, institutional and restaurant customers.
Washington, the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
will have to contend with the worst farm slump in three decades, an
overhaul of U.S. trade policy, and potentially the agency's slimmest
discretionary budget in nearly 30 years.
Thursday, former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue is set to explain to
members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
how he plans to tackle the job in what will be one of the final
confirmation hearings for a cabinet nominee.
announced that all 365 Everyday Value® eggs sold in Whole Foods Market
stores meet new standards, which require that farms adhere to the
following living conditions for laying hens: Cage-Free Plus, Outdoor
Access, Pasture-Raised, and Mobile Houses on Pasture.
today, after successfully raising more than 3 million meals to help
ensure that no child in the U.S. should have to go without a meal,
Chicken® announced they will be expanding their fundraising efforts for
a second year. From March 27 through April 23 of 2017, every dollar
raised from booklet sales will go directly to No Kid Hungry. Each dollar
will provide a meal for 10 children. This year, however, Church’s® is
aiming to raise $500,000 – a benchmark the brand feels confident its
team members and guests will help them achieve.
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