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Several years ago I visited with many chief executives of some of the major poultry companies in the U.S. and the outlook was dire. The cost of corn due to drought and ethanol production forced several players into bankruptcy. It was so bad that many producers wanted to sever relations with their suppliers, but that would be the kiss of death. Often, when vertically integrated suppliers are lost they do not return. But, over the last year or so, the outlook for the poultry industry has brightened considerably. Feed costs have come down and the supply has tightened. I have written before about the state of both the beef and pork industry. The beef herd is the smallest in 60 years and beef prices are at historic highs. Millions of piglets are dying due to PEDv causing pork prices to skyrocket.
Imported Food ProductsThe current economic conditions are terrible which is forcing retailers and food service operators to source cheaper commodities. The bottom line of a business can be severely affected by paying too much so procurement officers look overseas for cheaper product. According to the USDA, approximately 15% of our overall food supply is imported. 60 percent of fresh fruits and vegetables and 80 percent of seafoods are imported.
Regardless of the high percentage of imports, the FDA has limited manpower and inspects roughly 2 percent. Produce is especially vulnerable and arrives in the U.S. with virtually no inspection. The importers cannot be held accountable.
Popeye was a sailor man. He was strong to the finich, ‘cause he ate his spinach, that Popeye, the sailor man. He was one tough Gazookus who hated all Palookas who weren’t on the “up and square.” He biff’d and he buff’d ‘em and always outruff’d ‘em, but none of ‘em got nowhere.
ABC Research Laboratories, along with The Certification Board of ASQ (American Society for Quality) is pleased to announce that ABC Research QA Director Lindsey K. McLeod has completed the requirements to be named an ASQ-Certified Quality Auditor, or ASQ CQA. As such, she has reached a significant level of professional recognition, indicating a proficiency in and a comprehension of auditing principles and practices.
ABC Research Laboratories is proud to announce its acceptance as a General Mills Approved Laboratory. General Mills, one of the world’s largest food companies, provides this honor only to food testing laboratories that follow the strictest standards and best practices for food safety and quality testing.
Picture, if you will, a group of teenagers sitting around a table having a conversation that starts normally about relationships or their parents or whatnot. Gradually, though, because of the source of the smoke that grows thicker as the time goes on, the conversation gets sillier and they try to stifle their laughter because… well, to be honest… what they’re doing isn’t really legal. I’m thinking about several scenes throughout the run of the TV series ‘That 70’s Show’ when the kids are smoking pot and the camera, mounted in the center of the table, swiveled from one person to another. They’re never shown actually inhaling, but everything was strongly implied.
Food Retail and Foodservice Establishments Strive to Improve
The effort to get food safely from farm to fork is an ongoing and in depth process. Many of the players in food manufacturing are not thought of due to the fact that they are behind the scenes to the average consumer. When we ultimately purchase and consume food it is usually at the last line of defense which is at the food service and retail level.
Snack making has become a billion dollar industry. Consumers enjoy buying convenient, ready to eat foods. This makes life much easier during our busy days. As the world is learning how to eat better for their health, snack makers are trying to make their products healthier.
I have noticed lately there are more and more people who, instead of eating 3 meals a day, eat 5-6 small meals/snacks a day. So I did a little research on whether this type of snacking is good or bad for you. If you are leading a healthy and active lifestyle, snacking may be better for you than 3 meals a day. The science behind this is that your body will need the calories more often so that your body doesn’t starts using your muscle as energy and your blood sugar doesn’t crash. The majority of people who are constantly active, such as a person who runs, exercises, works intensely at a physical job during the day, rather than those with sedentary lifestyles will need the extra nutrients during the day. Those with sedentary lifestyles, such as a desk job, or those who do not work out regularly, tend to only need 3 meals a day. This is because when they snack, they tend to eat too many calories rather than what is required to maintain a healthy weight.
In my ongoing series about food trends, I want to focus this article more on a particular cooking method rather than any the product itself. You may be asking yourself, “How is that pertinent?” Well if you own or work in a restaurant, it could very well mean the health and lives of your customers.
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