How your Christmas ham makes it from the farm to your table

The Christmas ham is a tradition that stretches back centuries — in fact, enjoying a ham dinner on wintry special occasions has been popular in Europe before Christmas was even celebrated there. And while any cook — from the pro to the at-home kitchen wizard — needs to keep food safety in mind while cooking […]

Happy National Pork Month!

Put away those jack-o’-lanterns and break out the bacon, because instead of celebrating the spooky side of October in this blog post, we’re going to talk about how this month is National Pork Month.

Some pork facts

Traditionally, pigs in Europe were slaughtered in fall and early winter, as the ensuing cold weather would help […]

Buyers grumble as bacon reserves tumble

If you haven’t heard, The Ohio Pork Council and the USDA reported earlier this week that the demand for frozen pork belly, frequently made into bacon, is outpacing supply — leaving the country’s bacon reserves are at the lowest levels in half a century. In other words, pig farmers can’t keep up with the world’s […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

APHIS issues fall avian flu preparedness, response plan – WATTAgNet The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a report on planning and preparations for highly pathogenic avian […]