Commentary: Out to lunch on food safety

A few weeks ago, we asked you who was responsible for food safety: USDA, processors, retailers, farmers, consumers or all of these. A whopping 84 percent said food safety is the responsibility of everyone in the food chain, from farm to consumer and everyone in between. And I couldn’t agree more. But I ran across some information from the American Dietetic Association this week that makes me wonder if some of us are perhaps a little more irresponsible than others. FULL STORY »

Back-to-school brings changes to flavored milk

When school resumes in the fall, cafeterias will be serving more whole grains, more fresh vegetables and milk kids, schools and moms will love. With the ongoing debate over flavored milk in schools, many of the nation’s milk processors have been hard at work over the last five years with their local districts to lower the calories and sugar in this popular drink. FULL STORY »

U.S. dairy cow herd continues to expand

Corn prices continue their upward trajectory, with August forecasts for 2011/12 raised from July to $6.20 to $7.20 per bushel. Soybean meal prices were raised as well, to $355 to $385 per ton for 2011/12. Alfalfa prices are expected to remain high into 2012. FULL STORY »

Food commodities protected from global economic turmoil

Food commodity markets should stay immune to any further deterioration in the macroeconomic environment this year as tight fundamentals continue to support price levels, Patrick Armstrong, managing partner of Distinction Asset Management, said Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Michigan company voluntarily recalls cheese products

S. Serra Cheese Company, Clinton Township, Mich., is voluntarily recalling its Fresh Ricotta, Fresh Mozzarella, Mozzarella Block, and Provolone Stick cheeses manufactured on Aug. 1 because they have the potential to be contaminated by bata-lactam antibiotic residues. FULL STORY »

Study shows nutrients in milk decrease threat of skin cancer

KMVT-TV reports nutrients in milk, including Vitamin D and Calcium help to prevent skin cancer by up to 57 percent. FULL STORY »

Iowa State Fair to feature unique food and farming celebration

Thousands of canned food items and a committed team of volunteers will converge at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 11-21 to create a first-of-its-kind exhibit at one of the most popular celebrations of food, fun and agriculture in America. The “Together We CAN!” exhibit, presented by the Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FFP), will feature the work of Canstruction®, the most unique food charity in the world. FULL STORY »

Welfare labeling: Do consumers want it?

We often hear that consumers want more information about their food, such as the livestock-production practices behind a package of meat or dairy products in the grocery case. But an important question is how much information they really want, and if they are willing to pay for it. FULL STORY »

Bright spots get grouped in 'food desert'

Irony literally sprouts and blooms from a small patch of green space next to Chong's Oriental Foods at 701 Locust St. A peach tree has produced dozens of tiny fruits that are growing and ripening as the summer sizzles away. FULL STORY »

Whole Foods raises profit outlook, will add more stores

Whole Foods Market, Inc., reported a 35 percent surge in quarterly earnings and raised its 2011 profit forecast, boasting that it will accelerate store openings as it gains customers from other food retailers. FULL STORY »

What is driving the price of commodities and the price of food?

Farmers have long been willing to produce for the market, and farm programs over the past 20+ years have moved agriculture from a managed supply to a market oriented pricing system. FULL STORY »

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