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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Lawmakers urge that Chinese poultry be blocked from school lunches

    Lawmakers urge that Chinese poultry be blocked from school lunches
    Fourteen bipartisan members of the House of Representatives urged lawmakers Wednesday to block Chinese poultry from school lunches and other national nutrition programs because of the country’s poor food safety record. In a letter, the 12...
  • Harvard Medical School fined $24,036 for animal welfare violations

    Harvard Medical School fined $24,036 for animal welfare violations
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture fined Harvard Medical School¬†$24,036 on Wednesday for 11 Animal Welfare Act violations, including four animal deaths,¬†from February 2011 through July 2012. The government’s decision to fine the university wraps...
  • Bipartisan group seeks to bar Chinese chicken from nutrition programs

    Bipartisan group seeks to bar Chinese chicken from nutrition programs
    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is trying to bar Chinese poultry from federal school lunch and other nutrition programs because of China's poor record on food safety. On Wednesday, 12 Democratic representatives and two Republicans called for...
  • What an 'organic' food label should mean

     What an 'organic' food label should mean
    Many Americans would like to know more about what they eat, including whether the food they purchase contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. That desire has sparked ballot initiatives and bitter fights in states across the country. But what a...
  • Machine-tenderized beef may require tougher labeling

    Machine-tenderized beef may require tougher labeling
    The Foster Farms salmonella outbreak this month has underscored the importance of cooking and handling poultry properly. Now attention is turning to beef because of a little-known practice called mechanical tenderization. To soften a cheaper grade of...
  • Keeping salmonella out of chicken

     Keeping salmonella out of chicken
    Sweden has virtually eliminated salmonella in store-bought chicken, even though poultry there is industrially produced, just like in the United States. And even in this country, a 2010 Consumers Union study found no salmonella in the organic store-brand...
  • Mexico blocks imports of Foster Farms chicken

    Mexico blocks imports of Foster Farms chicken
    Mexico has blocked imports of Foster Farms chicken from three central California processing facilities linked to an outbreak of salmonella. The Mexican government told the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday it was removing from its list of...
  • Mexico blocks Foster Farms chicken imports amid salmonella fears

    Mexico blocks Foster Farms chicken imports amid salmonella fears
    Mexico has blocked imports of Foster Farms chicken from three Central California processing facilities linked to an outbreak of salmonella. The Mexican government told the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday that it was removing from its list of...
  • Thanksgiving Basics: How to thaw a frozen turkey

    Thanksgiving Basics: How to thaw a frozen turkey
    While a great fresh turkey is everyone’s dream for Thanksgiving, they can be hard to find and expensive to buy. But a frozen turkey – one that has been properly handled and has been carefully defrosted – can be almost as good. To...
  • Elephant who killed veterinarian settles into San Diego Zoo

    Elephant who killed veterinarian settles into San Diego Zoo
    SAN DIEGO — Jenny Chung is looking at the elephant that killed her sister, a well-known veterinarian in New Zealand who devoted years to the elephant's care after she was rescued from a touring circus. Chung has no anger toward Mila, the 7,600-...
  • Thanksgiving Basics: How long does it take to roast a turkey?

    Thanksgiving Basics: How long does it take to roast a turkey?
    Judge when your turkey is done cooking by taking its temperature rather than by looking at the clock. There are far too many variables for any recipe to be able to accurately predict exactly how long your bird will take. And 5 or 10 degrees is enough to...