Can Beef Have Too Much Grade?

It was just three years ago when industry experts were pointing to a 30-year decline in beef quality. Barely more than half of the cattle were grading USDA Choice, but today the picture is much different. Improvements in genetics, ration chan-ges and better feeding conditions all led to a rise in quality to where Choice cattle made up 60 percent of the total last spring. Recent weeks find that nationwide number closer to 65 percent.

Is Grass-Fed Beef Better?

March 12, 2010 Megan Tempest, Chicagoist

Grass-fed beef is drawing a lot of attention. Film documentaries promote it,
many local farmers produce it, and an array of local restaurants serve it. Weve got the message that grass-fed beef is better than its grain-fed counterpart. But why?

Lamb Loving Cook Steals Hearts With Winning ‘Recipe For Romance’

March 12, 2010 American Lamb Board

Love was in the air this February as home cooks nationwide submitted
their surefire “Recipes for Romance” to the American Lamb Board in honor of Lamb
Lovers Month. Among the recipes to woo loved ones, Felice Bogus of Raleigh, NC,
stood out with her Spice-Kissed Mediterranean Lamb Chops.

NY Firm Recalls Chicken Products Produced Without Inspection

March 12, 2010 USDA FSIS

N.Y. Gourmet Salads, Inc., a Brooklyn, N.Y., establishment, is
recalling an undetermined amount of various chicken products because the
products were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced
today.

CDC Uses Shopper-Card Data To Trace Salmonella

As they scrambled recently to trace the source of a salmonella
outbreak that has sickened hundreds around the country, investigators from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention successfully used a new tool for the
first time the shopper cards that millions of Americans swipe every time they
buy groceries.