Special safety labels won't be required for mechanically tenderized meat until at least 2018 after the Obama administration failed to finalize the regulation in time for it to take effect earlier. The labeling rule, which is expected to provide detailed cooking instructions for the meat, had to be
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to ease recordkeeping requirements for cattle being moved across state lines while ensuring that federal or state inspectors have access to information they need during a disease outbreak.
USDA is demanding that processors label raw poultry and meat products more clearly to ensure consumers are aware of added saltwater and other solutions. A final rule to be published in the Federal Register will require labels to include the percentage of added solution and the individual ingredient
The cost of a livestock disaster program has soared to more than $4 billion this year ? far beyond what Congress expected ? even as auditors are finding that earlier payments under the program were rife with errors. The payments are being made under USDA?s Livestock Forage Program, which was create
Agriculture Department economists have lowered their estimate for food inflation this year despite big increases in the price of beef, pork and eggs. USDA?s Economic Research Service estimates that food prices will wind up 2.25 percent to 3.25 percent higher this year than in 2013, closer to the l
Starbucks says it will to shift to cage-free eggs and pork raised without the use of sow gestation crates as the coffee chain upgrades requirements for its suppliers. The company says it will eliminate practices such as tail-docking in dairy production and the use of artificial growth hormones and
Farmers are expected to trim their plantings of corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat amid a steep drop in expected profits, USDA said today in its first projections for 2015. The forecast also indicates that corn and wheat growers will qualify for subsidies under the 2014 Farm Bill?s Price Loss Coverag