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Global Meat Scandal – Food Tremor

Touch the Soil News #656 (feature photo – Michael Bennett CC SA 3.0) A global food scandal is unfolding as Federal authorities in Brazil arrested and investigate almost 30 Brazilian meat companies. Included in the investigation are JBS SA and BRF SA. JBS SA is the world’s largest meat company overall. BRF SA is the world’s largest poultry exporter. Allegations include bribes to conceal unsanitary meat packing and processing conditions along with using chemicals to doctor up spoiled meat for export. The Federal probe in Brazil has been going on for over 2 years. Now that proof has been obtained for wrongdoing, the impact is having shock waves around the…

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Food Recalls Skyrocket

Touch the Soil News #476 Employing improved methods of detecting food poisoning, the FDA is finding a whole lot more food that must be recalled. For the second quarter of 2016, food recalls are up 167 percent over the first quarter. This massive recall event was driven primarily by one incident – the CRF Frozen Foods recall of fruit and vegetables across 42 brands in all 50 states. The real kicker was that CRF suspect vegetables (for listeria) were present in almost 50 million pounds of meat products by Ajimoto Windsor. Ajimoto recalled 47 million pounds of meat products as a result. FDA food recalls and food poisoning events are…

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General Mills – A Giant with Problems

Touch the Soil News #449 One of the sub-topics in the world of food and economics is that it is difficult to adequately translate one’s labor into sufficient dollars for all the basics. The ability to access basic things like a plot of land, seeds, inputs and water, in order to translate one’s labor into food, is no small benefit. The whirlwinds of uncertainty around General Mills and General Mills employees, reveals again why a more direct involvement in growing food is growing globally. Most folks are familiar with General Mills. Few, however, realize how many different brands General Mills owns. Some of the top brands include Betty Crocker, Yoplait,…

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Whoa Chicken – Whoa Pilgrim’s Pride

Touch the Soil News #373 Pilgrim’s Pride, the nation’s largest producer of chicken, and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service were receiving calls and complaints of foreign objects in Pilgrim’s Pride chicken products. The products in question included 10, 20 and 30 pound boxes of various chicken products sold to institutional cafeterias such as schools. At the heart of the complaints was the presence of extraneous materials in the food including plastic, wood, rubber and metal. After assessing the situation, the decision was made to recall 4.6 million pounds of chicken products for institutional use. Pilgrim’s Pride distribution center in Pittsburg, Texas. The obvious question is how do wood,…

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Food Recalls – Too Prevalent for Comfort

Touch the Soil News #347 There is not enough space in our news columns to report the volume of food recalls taking place in the U.S. – 1 to 2 a day. Following are just a few of the recent recalls that provide ample insight to why more people are giving industrial and corporate food more scrutiny. 4/2/16 – Cashews with glass pieces Snyder’s-Lance Inc. is recalling some of its Emerald brand cashews. The problem started when a customer complained of the glass. Investigations are now underway. 4/2/16 – Glass in cans Roland Foods, LLC – in cooperation with the manufacturer in Peru – is recalling specific lots of Fire…

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Anatomy of Food Poisoning in America

Touch the Soil News #273 Once a week we visit sources that compile food poisoning and food recall events. Surprisingly there is a new food poisoning or food recall event almost every day. The food poisoning and recall events surrounding Blue Bell Ice Cream provides a window into food handling that is not altogether reassuring. Earlier in 2015, the Centers for Disease Control reported a total of 10 patients infected with several strains of Listeria reported from four states: Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. These illnesses were onset from January 2010 through January 2015. All ten patients were hospitalized. Three deaths were reported from Kansas. The Centers for Disease Control…

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