Monday, December 5, 2016

Chicken processor recalls 1.99 million pounds

What started out in November as a recall of 17,439 pounds of chicken has ballooned to 1,993,528 pounds for a company in Oklahoma.

The ready-to-eat chicken has not been cooked enough.

The company is National Steak and Poultry, in Owasso.

I wonder what they can do with all that recalled chicken.

3D printing to create new food products

Australians are using 3D printing to experiment with new food products.

The technology involves building new foods, layer by thin layer and in three dimensions, so various ingredients can be mixed, deposited and cooked.

It also greatly speeds up experimentation.

The outlines of what’s possible are spelled out in a new research report published by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

For red meat, this represents an exciting opportunity to add value to current secondary cuts, trim and by products by developing a "meat ink," says a report from Australia.

Sean Starling, head of research and development for MLA, said 3DP food is an emerging, transformational technology platform that has real potential to create and capture new value for the Australian red meat industry.

“There is a need for the creation of new business models and solutions to meet mega trends and demands from different markets who want personalised approaches to nutrients or textures rather than the current whole muscle meat products,” Starling said.

“For example, the aged care sector is in need of food products that are easier to chew and have traditionally utilised pureed food as it is easier and cheaper.

“However, by utilizing 3DP technology there is an opportunity for the red meat industry to provide high-protein meals that are more appetising for residents and can be presented in intricate premium shapes and sizes."

Shocking truths about beef

Research is indicating that giving beef carcasses a shock of electricity improves tenderness, the brightness of the meat colour and thus results in higher grading scores.

“High voltage ES has been shown to cause a 23 percent improvement in lean maturity scores and an 11 percent increase in marbling scores compared to unstimulated carcasses,” says the report from the United States.

‘This increase in marbling scores is most likely due to the brighter color at grading.

“In addition, although there are very few premiums for producing more tender beef, high voltage ES has been shown to improve tenderness by over 20 percent,” the report says.

Electrical stimulation was first used by Benjamin Franklin who found that when it’s applied at slaughter of turkeys, it enhanced bleedout.

Pigs die in fire

About 640 pigs died in a $1-million barn fire east of Goderich over the weekend.

A passerby noticed the fire and alerted the volunteer fire department, but they were unable to save the barn or the pigs.

The Ontario Fire Marshall is investigating to determine the cause, which is not considered suspicious.

Sheep abductors walk free

Farmers accused of stealing sheep the Canadian Food Inspection Agency had ordered slaughtered because they might have scrapies walked out of court free people late last week.

Linda "Montana" Jones and Michael Schmidt were charged following an investigation into the removal of 31 sheep from an Ontario farm in April 2, 2012, hours before the animals were to be euthanized.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency thought an animal with scrapie in an Alberta flock came from Jones’ herd.

The defence has argued that’s not proven and it could have come from the United States.

The judge stayed charges against the abductors because it took too long to come to trial.

She also criticized the government for taking too long to turn over information it held to the defendants’ lawyer.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Metro cuts suppliers’ pay

Metro Inc. will cut one per cent from payments to its suppliers, effective Monday.

It’s the third of Canada’s biggest supermarket chains to simply announce that it won’t pay suppliers their full invoiced prices.

Loblaws and Sobeys cut their payments by 1.45 per cent in September.

Metro says it needs to cut costs to remain competitive.

It also says suppliers are getting better terms, such as electronic payments.

Loblaws’ profits increased by more than 25 per cent in its most recent quarter and Metro’s by 10 per cent, but Sobeys lost money because of the deal it made to buy the Safeway chain in Western Canada.