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Perdue Foods Recalls 31,000 Pounds Of Chicken Over Possible Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service recalled several of Perdue's chicken products after customer complaints revealed possible contamination. These products were shipped nationwide.

Public Health June 3, 2019

62,000 Pounds Of Beef Recalled Before Memorial Day Over Fears Of E. Coli Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that more than 62,000 pounds of raw ground beef products are getting recalled due to potential contamination of E. coli. An E. coli infection could be severe and even life-threatening.

Public Health May 24, 2019

USDA Faces Lawsuit Over Claims There Is Poo On Chicken Meat

Feces in food? A non-profit group filed a lawsuit against USDA for failing to respond to their petition pushing for new food regulations that would prevent fecal contamination on poultry and meat products.

Public Health April 19, 2019

Study Finds That People Wash Their Hands Incorrectly Most Of The Time: How To Wash The Hands Properly

What's the necessary amount of time for proper hand washing? If in doubt, sing two "Happy Birthday" songs from start to finish while lathering the hands with soap and water.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 1, 2018

Kroger Supplier Recalls 17 Tons Of Ground Beef Due To Possible Plastic Contaminants

The USDA confirmed that around 17 tons of beef delivered to Kroger distribution centers might be contaminated by hard bits of plastic. The retailer issued a recall for several of its products that were included in the batch delivered by its supplier.

Public Health May 5, 2018

Overhill Farms Recalls 54,000 Lbs Of Frozen Chicken Bites After Bones Were Found Inside

USDA warns of possible bone contamination in frozen chicken products for toddlers. Here are the Yummy Spoonfuls products shipped nationwide that are affected by the recall.

Public Health June 25, 2017

Over 2 Million Pounds Of Ready-To-Eat Meat Products Recalled Due To Mislabelling

Food product companies are conducting a recall on chicken products after learning from a supplier that some of their ingredients may have had undeclared allergens.

Public Health June 10, 2017

USDA Recalls Marcho Farms Meat Products In Several States Due To Possible E. Coli Contamination

The USDA recalls more than 5,600 lbs of meat produced in Pennsylvania after authorities tested it positive for E.Coli. Affected states include Illinois, New York, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Public Health May 7, 2017

Bird Flu Strain Detected In Tennessee Farm Under Tyson Foods Contract

A Tennessee poultry farm under contract with Tyson Foods Inc. is now placed under quarantine by the U.S. Department of Agriculture officials afrer it was found infected with H7 strain of pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Public Health March 6, 2017

USDA Issues New Farmer Fair Practices Rules To Protect Livestock And Poultry Producers

The USDA unveiled new farming rules that aim to protect poultry, pork and beef growers from anticompetitive practices. The rules are expected to affect nearly 1 million livestock producers.

Animals December 16, 2016

Obama Signs GMO Labeling Law

U.S. President Barack Obama signed a new law that would require food companies to indicate whether their products have been made using genetically modified ingredients.

Public Health August 1, 2016

Living Closer To Grocery Store May Change The Way You Eat

Living nearer supermarkets may change the way you eat, a new study suggests. It’s not because you eat more, but because it prompts you to make healthier food choices.

Life February 29, 2016

USDA Recommends Only 10 Teaspoons Of Sugar A Day: Should You Switch To Artificial Sweeteners?

The USDA suggests that people limit their intake of added sugar or natural sweeteners to only 10 teaspoons per day. With that, most people switch to artificial sweeteners, but is it safe to do so?

Life January 19, 2016

Huisken Meat Company Recalls Sam's Choice Beef Products Possibly Contaminated With Wood Materials

Huisken Meat Company recalled its Sam’s Choice Black Angus Vidalia Onion products due to a possible contamination of wood materials. The products were reportedly shipped to retail locations nationwide.

Life January 7, 2016

Government Is Shooting Sterilized Moths From Cannons Attached To Drones To Solve Cotton Farming Pest Problem

The USDA is testing an experiment that consists of shooting sterile moths into cotton fields to falsely reproduce with wild moths to prevent infestations that destroy the crop.

FUTURE TECH October 8, 2015

USDA Warns Deadly Piglet Virus Likely Came From China: PEDv Entered US Via Feed Bags

Government officials investigate the potential sources of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), including reusable tote bags from China. Their report states that the tote bags used for international trade were reused but often not cleaned.

Life October 3, 2015

USDA Grants Approval To Iowa Company’s Bird Flu Vaccine But Harrisvaccines’ Drug Cannot Be Sold Yet

The United States Department of Agriculture approved the conditional use and testing of anti-avian influenza drug. Iowa drug company Harrisvaccines awaits government approval to sell.

Life September 24, 2015

Ventilation Shutdown: Poultry Barns In The US To Use Heat In Response To Bird Flu

After the recent crippling avian flu outbreak, the USDA is planning to use heat and suffocation to euthanize infected birds in the future unless better control methods are found.

Life September 21, 2015

Minneapolis 'Butterfly Woman' Is Taking Care Of 400 Monarch Butterflies In Own Home

A Minneapolis home has been the sanctuary of about 400 monarch butterflies as its owner decided to take a break from her job and raise the critters full-time. The task is time-consuming but she is fulfilled and happy with what she is doing.

Earth/Environment August 20, 2015

Kapowsin Meats Recalls Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Kapowsin Meats is recalling 116,262 pounds of whole hogs because of possible salmonella contamination. The company also faces a lawsuit after a 19-year old girl suffered from a range of illnesses following consumption of the company's whole roasted hog.

Life August 17, 2015

USDA Pledges $5 Million To Help Farmers Affected By Lake Erie Algal Blooms

The US Department of Agriculture invested an additional $5 million to help in addressing the water quality issues in Lake Erie. The said pledge was done following U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio plea to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Earth/Environment August 15, 2015

Aspen Foods Recalls 2 Million Pounds Of Chicken Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Aspen Foods is one of the latest to initiate a recall after nearly 2 million pounds of its chicken products were found to be possibly contaminated with Salmonella.

Life July 18, 2015

You Are Drinking Dinosaur Pee Every Day: Here's Why

A new YouTube video explains where all this dinosaur pee has come from.

Animals May 30, 2015

213,000 Pounds Of Meat Recalled By Lee's Sandwiches Due To Improper Inspection

Lee's Sandwiches joins the growing list of companies recalling their food items. This time, though, fraudulent use of USDA inspection marks prompted the recall of chicken, beef and pork products.

Life May 27, 2015

USDA Working On Bird Flu Vaccine Despite Low Risk To Humans

Bird flu is spreading through chicken and turkey stocks throughout the United States, prompting federal officials to develop a vaccine for the illness. How serious is the problem, and how could ducks ruin the whole plan?

Life April 22, 2015

US Attempting To Develop Vaccine Against Bird Flu

Bird flu is threatening commercial and backyard poultry in the United States. As a precaution, the USDA has been tasked with developing a vaccine for birds.

Life March 25, 2015

CDC Credibility Threatened By 'Inconsistent' Laboratory Protocols

The credibility of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is threatened over its lab protocols. The CDC is taking steps to improve its internal operations.

Life March 20, 2015

Buh-bye Browning Apples: Feds Approve First GMO Apples That Do Not Brown

The Arctic Apple is the first genetically engineered apple to be approved in the United States. It reignites the long-standing debate on the safety of GMOs.

Life February 14, 2015

Govt's New Dietary Guidelines May Encourage More Veg, Less Meat

New diet guidelines are expected to downplay meat as a part of the American dinner plate, out of both health and environmental concerns. Meat industry is objecting, countering that lean meat belongs in a healthy diet.

Earth/Environment January 4, 2015

3 Texas Firms Recall Nearly 250,000 Pounds of Meat Products. What Consumers Need to Know

Three Texas-based companies are recalling some of their meat products due to ingredients that contain an undeclared allergen, which could cause serious and even deadly reactions in certain individuals.

Life December 30, 2014

Climate change isn't to blame for changes in forest composition

Forests in the eastern United States were not affected by climate change over the last five centuries as much as local events, a new study found.

Earth/Environment October 16, 2014

Non-allergenic peanuts could soon be a reality

A new non-allergenic peanut is being developed that would be safe for the 2.8 million Americans with peanut allergies to consume.

Internet Culture August 27, 2014

How much does it cost to raise a child in the U.S.? Your jaw might drop...

Raising a child in the U.S. till they turn 18 could set back the average American family by nearly a quarter million dollars per a USDA report. However, families with more children would be able to cut back costs by comparison.

Society August 19, 2014

USDA aims to improve safety with revised poultry inspections

The USDA is expected to roll out some new guidelines that could reduce taxpayer money and reduce foodborne illnesses to less than 5,000 cases a year.

Life August 2, 2014

Honeybees in danger and there's a presidential memorandum to save them

The White House has released a memorandum to save the population of bees and other pollinators. The memorandum calls for the establishment of a Pollinator Health Task Force.

Earth/Environment June 22, 2014

USDA probes anthrax snafu which exposed at least 84 CDC lab workers to deadly bacteria

After at least 84 workers were exposed to the potentially-deadly anthrax bacteria in a CDC accident, management of the investigation has been transferred to the USDA.

Life June 22, 2014

Obama sets up task force to curb decline in honeybee population

The Obama administration released a memorandum outlining the strategies and planned actions of the new Pollinator Health Task Force. It's an effort to support and fund research about pollinator deaths and encourage protective measures.

Earth/Environment June 22, 2014

Mad cow scare prompts Fruitland American Meat to recall 4,000 pounds of tainted beef

Fruitland American Meat company of Jackson, Missouri recalls over 4,000 pounds of beef over concerns of mad-cow disease contaminants. USDA reports health problems a minor probability.

Life June 15, 2014

New U.S. guidelines successful in making school kids eat more veggies and fruits

Kids in schools are eating more fruits and vegetables, thanks to new guidelines released by USDA.

Life March 6, 2014

USDA expands the WIC food assistance scheme to include fresh fruit and veggies

The U.S. Depart of Agriculture has now broadened its WIC food assistance scheme to include fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables. The scheme, intended to provide food assistance to low-income women and children, has been running for forty years.

Life March 4, 2014

Inconceivable! Kids are eating more fruit and veg, says Harvard study

The USDA's nutritional guidelines, introduced in 2012, have seen increased consumption of fruits and vegetables at low-income school cafeterias.

Life March 4, 2014

US pizza consumption accounts for one third of global market and the government has a hand in this

A new survey by the US Department of Agriculture showed that the US consumption of pizza accounted for a third of the global market, and that 13 percent of Americans eat pizza on any given day, thanks to a US food policy that promotes dairy products.

Society February 13, 2014

US sets up climate hubs to help farmers combat global warming

Networked climate hubs proposed by the U.S. government will help farmers better deal with the effects of global warming.

Animals February 10, 2014

Americans improving eating habits, making healthier choices: Study

A recent study indicates that Americans are cutting down on high-calorie fast food and starting to eat healthy.

Life January 17, 2014

E.coli threat prompts recall of 90 tons of prepackaged salads, wraps

Owing to E.coli contamination threat, a California-based food processing company has had to recall 90 tons of pre-packaged salads and sandwich wraps.

Life November 14, 2013

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