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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about food production, consumption and safety.
"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about food consumption and safety.
1.) Majority of 'pink slime' production suspended. The maker of 'pink slime' -- also known as 'lean, finely textured beef' -- suspended operations Monday at all but one plant where the beef ingredient is made, acknowledging that recent public uproar over the product has cost the company business.
See also: Meat called 'pink slime' safe, governors on plant tour say.
2.) AVMA responds to court ruling on use of antibiotics in food production. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reaffirmed its support of the responsible use of antibiotics in food animals after a federal court ruling demanded that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) start proceedings to withdraw approval of certain uses of antibiotics used in food production.
3.) Developing countries see sharp rise in meat consumption. As the world population rises, the demand for meat, eggs and dairy products is soaring in developing countries. The Worldwatch Institute warns that without safeguards the demand could strain the environment and pose public health risks.
4.) Food processing CEO facing jail after guilty plea in tomato paste racketeering case. A former U.S. food processing company CEO is facing up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering and price fixing charges relating to the sale of processed tomatoes.
5.) Researcher: How to make food supplies secure and sustainable. Could proper crop nutrition and sharing of knowledge and technology between developing and developed countries can help address the food needs of the planet's growing population?
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Mar 29, 2012
The Governors tour is part of a response started by Tyson, who was the first responder when the furor erupted. Every effort is being made to turn this into issue where it's "Liberal Uninformed Activists" versus the Beef Producers of America. (Klaxon Sounds) Wrong! A group of Companies came up with an idea to use the waste left over from beef "processing", not the really the high quality parts as the "Fine" in the product's official name would imply. It would be more like sweeping up the sawmill, washing the shavings, and forming it into planks to be called "Fine Finishing Wallboard". Not wanting to eat this does NOT make me a Beef Producer hater. Hey...I love burgers, steaks, roasts, and even beef sausages-which is about as far down the parts list as I care to go. "Lean, Finely Textured Beef"? No way!