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Fresh Chicken Meat & Rodents

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Touch the Soil News #490 One has to do a double take on this one. MIH Marketing and Sales in Beebe, Arkansas distributes fresh meat to stores in Arkansas. The company was forced to recall fresh chicken meat that originated from one of its storage facilities where rodents were found. The kicker is that they are recalling 662,000 pounds of chicken. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has a special division called the Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audits (OIEA). As it turns out, the OIEA was conducting routine food defense surveillance activities which included the MIH Marketing and Sales fresh meat storage facility. What the OIEA found…

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Woody Chicken Breasts?

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Touch the Soil News #475 We’ve all heard the horror stories of chickens fed antibiotics as a way to accelerate weight gain. Then there are the stories of how breeding has created chickens so fat that they have problems just walking. Bloomberg News reported recently that U.S. chickens raised for meat today weigh 6.24 pounds – almost doubling since 1955 and more than tripling since 1925. Large broiler producers are finding that there is a correlation between fat chickens and what is called “woody breast.” Woody breast is a condition that describes the hard texture that is now frequently being found in factory raised (fat chickens) chicken breasts. Modern broiler…

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Spooky Chickens

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Touch the Soil News #314 The world of food and agriculture is confusing. One day we can hear about the new generation of urban farmers trying to develop a better food chain. The next day we might hear some real disturbing news – like what I’m going to tell you right now. So, before you decide that responsibly-produced chicken meat is too expensive, consider the mainstream option. Recently the Baltimore Sun (2/7/16) published a story about poultry processing. Now, before you think this topic has little to do with you consider that during Super Bowl Sunday, Americans consumed 1.3 billion chicken wings. So how do these wings get from chickens…

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Update on the Decimation of Millions of Chickens (and turkeys)

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Touch the Soil News #166 Recently, Tom Vilsack (U.S. Secretary of Agriculture) announced the federal government expects to pay $191 million to chicken and turkey farmers who lost flocks to the avian flu. Vilsack said that is in addition to the nearly $400 million spent on cleaning up dead birds and disinfecting barns. So, let’s see, that is almost $600 million the government is putting out. Total hen losses are now estimated at 48 million birds. The Iowa Farm Bureau (Iowa is the largest egg producing state in the nation) did a study that showed Iowa will lose nearly $427 million in lost additional value. Directly tragic to not only…

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