New Measures to Reduce Poultry Contamination

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Food, Poultry, usda

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings. Development of these new standards is a major step in FSIS’ Salmonella Action Plan, launched in December 2013 to reduce Salmonella illnesses from meat … Read More

Lamb Roasting Tips & Twists for Spring Celebrations

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Food, Lamb

Spring celebrations wouldn’t be the same without one classic centerpiece: roasted lamb. The American Lamb Board offers inspiration and simple guidelines for preparing the perfect roast, along with a fresh twist on the beloved mint jelly. Roasting is a dry heat cooking method, well-suited to lamb cuts such as leg, crown roast, loin, shoulder and rack. The perfect roast results … Read More

IDFA & Dairy Foods Magazine Aim to Broaden Audience

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Dairy, Events, Food

For the first time in the 30-year history of Dairy Forum, the industry’s premier annual meeting, the International Dairy Foods Association and Dairy Foods magazine are collaborating to offer live online broadcasts of several key sessions. Dairy Forum will be held January 25-28 in Boca Raton, Fla., and the live-streaming sessions will be offered January 26 and 27. “Dairy Forum … Read More

Food Safety Modernization Act Update at AFBF

Cindy ZimmermanAFBF, Audio, Food, Government

Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor provided an update on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) at the American Farm Bureau convention this week in San Diego. Taylor says his agency is focusing on three broad themes in implementing the 2011 law: the farm-to-table approach, practical common standards, and holding imports to the same standards … Read More

NCBA Concerned About Dietary Guidelines

Cindy ZimmermanBeef, Food, Government, NCBA, Nutrition

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee met Monday for the last time this year after being included in the spending bill passed by Congress, being instructed to focus its work on nutrient and dietary recommendations “based on sound nutrition science” – as opposed to including sustainability and climate change speculations. The panel provides federal nutrition policy recommendations to the USDA and … Read More

Checkoff Sponsoring New Kids LiveWell

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food, Nutrition

The National Restaurant Association announced that the Beef Checkoff Program is a new sponsor of the Association’s award-winning Kids LiveWell program, a voluntary industrywide initiative designed to help make the healthful choice the easy choice when dining out with children. The Association applauded the checkoff for its commitment to promoting and developing nutritious kids’ meals. “The partnership between Kids LiveWell … Read More

California #HealthyElf Campaign

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Dairy, Food, Health

Since its arrival from the North Pole a few years ago, the Elf on the Shelf® phenomenon has spawned countless blogs and Pinterest posts chronicling scout elf antics and children’s reactions. This year, First 5 Sacramento and Dairy Council of California are teaming up to show parents and caregivers how to “haul out the healthy” with Elf on the Shelf®. … Read More

Best Thanksgiving Wishes to All

Cindy ZimmermanFood, General, Harvest, ZimmComm

O God, source and giver of all things, You manifest your infinite majesty, power and goodness In the earth about us: We give you honor and glory. For the sun and the rain, For the manifold fruits of our fields: For the increase of our herds and flocks, We thank you. For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace, … Read More

Beef – Best Tasting Multivitamin

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, Food

As Executive Chef for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), Dave Zino doesn’t get to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen. The road is his home as he travels across the country educating consumers, food service operators and retailers how to merchandise and cook beef. is home to the greatest resource for anyone who is simply seeking … Read More

Kids' Lack of Dairy Foods Cuts Important Nutrients

John DavisAg Group, Dairy, Food, National Dairy Council, Nutrition

If the question is “got milk?” unfortunately, for too many Americans kids the answer is “Nope.” This news release from the National Dairy Council (NDC) says that by the time many children reach kindergarten, they consume fewer nutrient-rich dairy foods than recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In addition, as they reach their teen years and turn to … Read More