U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

5:00am

Thu September 11, 2014
Agriculture

U.S. Meat Inspection System In Disarray, Watchdogs Say

Earlier this year, U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the first major overhaul of the nation's poultry-inspection system in more than 50 years.
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Jennifer Brdar’s dream job was to be a meat inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, watching out for unwary consumers and making sure the meat on their dinner tables was clean and disease-free.

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5:31am

Wed August 27, 2014
The Salt

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

Any way you slice it, Americans are obsessed with pizza. One in eight of us are noshing it on any given day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the average American consumes pizza about 39 times a year, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm.

The signature of a great American-style pizza is not the toppings du jour but the cheese: hot, gooey mozzarella, with big, dark splotches of caramelization.

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5:59am

Tue August 12, 2014
Agriculture

Forthcoming Poultry Rules Get Mixed Reception

The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled July 31 the first major overhaul of the nation's poultry-inspection system in more than 50 years.
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Change is coming to the poultry industry and not everyone is happy about it.

Until now, inspections have been governed by a law written in 1957. It’s nine pages long. The new rule — finalized recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service — fills 379 pages. Even accounting for differences in font type and size, and formatting, there’s a whole lot more in this one.

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6:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Agriculture

Farmers On Colorado's Plains Work Through Modern Day Dust Bowl

Farmer John Schweiser, 80, has had to take shelter from recent dust storms. He also lived through the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

When the wind picked up from the south on John Schweiser’s farm outside Rocky Ford, Colorado, the sky would go black. A charging wall of dust would force the 80-year-old farmer and his wife to hunker down in their ranch-style farmhouse.

“You’d look up and here’d come this big ol’ rolling dirt,” Schweiser said. “You couldn’t see how high it was.”

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5:00am

Wed July 30, 2014
School Lunch

School Districts Ready For New Year With Healthier Snacks

Cheetos advertises its reformulated snack food that meets new USDA health standards, at the School Nutrition Association conference earlier this month.
Michele R. Simon

Clif Bars are gone. There's no more beef jerky, and the chip selection in the Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6's vending machines will look a little different in 2014.

The district, along with schools across Colorado and the nation, is implementing new U.S. Department of Agriculture healthy snack food guidelines that went into effect July 1.

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