Though almost every food item you buy at the supermarket has some sort of expiration date — under the headers of “Sell By,” “Use By,” “Use Before,” “Best Before,” among others — printed on the packaging, the truth is date labels are largely voluntary and determined by the food producers. If handled properly, most foods are perfectly safe to eat after whatever date is on the label, but stores and consumers throw away an inordinate amount of food every year simply because that date has passed. In an effort to reduce food waste, the federal government is hoping to encourage meat and dairy producers to all use the same phrase: “Best If Used By.” [More]
USDA Asks Meat, Dairy Companies To Replace Confusing Expiration & Sell-By Labels With “Best If Used By” Date
Agriculture checkoff programs collect money from farmers and ranchers to promote their products in general: they use ads and recipes to encourage members of the public to eat more of a given product. Notable programs exist for milk, eggs, avocados, pork, and beef. What they are not supposed to do is secretly plot against competing products with other ingredients. [More]
Missouri-based Good Earth Egg Company has issued a recall for a variety of egg products that health officials have connected to an outbreak of salmonella in three states.
Last year, an epidemic of bird flu killed millions of chickens and turkeys, affecting the supply of bird-based meats and of chicken eggs. Experts thought that the shortage and high egg prices might continue, but they were wrong: farmers were able to breed and raise new generations of female chicks, ready to take the place of their fallen colleagues. [More]
The cage-free egg bandwagon just got a bit heavier with the addition of three more grocery chains. Southeastern Grocers, parent company of the Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, and Harvey’s chains, says it’s going to switch to only sourcing eggs from cage-free hens for the company’s private label by 2017, and company-wide by 2025. [More]
With competitors like Target and the Kroger and Albertsons families of supermarkets pledging to sell only cage-free eggs, Walmart apparently didn’t want to be left behind. The mega-retailer announced today that by 2025, all of the eggs it sells in Walmart and Sam’s Club stores will come from hens that were not raised in individual cages. [More]
Two more national companies are jumping on the increasingly crowded cage-free egg bandwagon. PepsiCo and Supervalu — the operator of brands like Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Shop ’n Save, and more — both plan to transition to using or selling only cage-free eggs over the next several years. [More]
As food retailers and restaurants announce to the public that they plan to switch to all cage-free eggs on their shelves and in their products, here’s something to keep in mind: the retailers, at least, are going to make more money after the change is fully phased in. That’s because cage-free eggs only cost only fifteen cents per dozen more to produce, but retailers can charge double for them. [More]
Hot on the heels of Albertsons Companies’ announcement that it will only source eggs from cage-free hens in all its various grocery store brands by 2025, including Albertsons and Safeway, Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the country, says it’s doing the same thing, in the same timeframe.
Parent Company Of Albertsons, Safeway, Other Grocery Stores Pledges To Source Only Cage-Free Eggs By 2025
The cage-free eggs bandwagon has been rolling around the U.S. for some time now, and it shows no signs of stopping yet. Today, the parent company of Albertsons, Safeway, and other grocery chains announced that it will be working with suppliers to achieve a goal of sourcing only eggs from cage-free hens by 2025. [More]
As U.S. poultry farmers continue to get their flocks back to normal levels and consumers are finally seeing prices dropping after the widespread avian flu outbreak that hit the industry last year, officials with the Department of Agriculture say they’ve found the first case of bird flu since last June. [More]
Following moves by several other major food companies and restaurants, General Mills has announced a new goal of only buying cage-free eggs in the U.S. [More]
The bad news: the after shocks of the avian flu outbreak that hit U.S. farms this year continue to linger, with egg prices increasing yet again in September. The good news: prices should start to fall, experts say, just in time for prime holiday baking season.