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Purists Are Losing It Over US Version of Spanish Delicacy

It's 'not the same thing at all,' says ham expert in Spain

(Newser) - Like acorn-fed Iberian ham? Well, now you can try US versions of the Spanish delicacy—a development that culinary purists are none too thrilled about, the Guardian reports. "The real problem is that we are a nation of idiots who have given away our heritage that our governments have... More »

Illnesses at Meat Plants Continue to Rise

Numbers increasing as more plants reopen across the country

(Newser) - The Washington Post and the New York Times have front-page stories Tuesday on the nation's meat plants, and both report that outbreaks among workers are continuing as more plants reopen. Exact numbers are hard to come by because the plants, deemed essential businesses, are not legally obligated to report... More »

City Plans Parade to Thank Meatpacking Workers

'We wanted them to feel the warmth of the community around them and make them smile'

(Newser) - A South Dakota city that was among the earliest to be hit by a major coronavirus outbreak in a meatpacking plant is planning a parade to thank workers, who organizers say have been unfairly stigmatized. Organizers of Wednesday's event in Sioux Falls say they hope hundreds of people will... More »

Meat Shortage Affecting One Fast-Food Chain's Menus

Some Wendy's locations don't have burgers

(Newser) - Despite President Trump's executive order dictating that meat processing plants stay open , the specter of meat shortages is being felt across the US—and customers of at least one fast-food chain are taking notice. Bloomberg notes that Wendy's has long advertised itself as offering hamburgers made from fresh... More »

Here's What Is Happening at America's Meat Plants

Unions cry foul after Trump orders plants to stay open

(Newser) - President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to keep meat processing plants open as "critical infrastructure"—but with coronavirus outbreaks sickening workers and closing plants, some meat products are already in short supply. Poultry plants say they are doing less de-boning as a way to function with... More »

Trump to Sign Order Keeping Meat Plants Open

He says supply has hit 'legal roadblock'

(Newser) - President Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday meant to stave off a shortage of chicken, pork, and other meat on American supermarket shelves because of the coronavirus. The order will use the Defense Production Act to classify meat processing as critical infrastructure to keep production plants open. The order... More »

As Meat Plants Shut Down, an Ominous Warning

Food supply chain is 'breaking' amid pandemic, says John Tyson, chair for Tyson Foods

(Newser) - Smithfield Foods and JBS have closed meat-processing sites , while Tyson Foods shut down pork plants in Iowa and Indiana last week after they were found to be hot spots for coronavirus outbreaks. Now Tyson is issuing a dire warning on the state of the industry as a result of the... More »

Iowa Plant That Is Critical to Our Pork Supply Is Closed

Tyson Foods suspended operations there Wednesday

(Newser) - Tyson Foods suspended operations Wednesday at an Iowa plant that is critical to the nation's pork supply but was blamed for fueling a massive coronavirus outbreak in the region. The Arkansas-based company said the closure of the plant in Waterloo would deny a vital market to hog farmers and... More »

Governor Opposed Stay-at-Home Order. Now, a Virus Hot Spot

644 COVID-19 cases tied to Smithfield Foods meat plant in Sioux Falls, SD

(Newser) - The shuttered Smithfield Foods pork plant in Sioux Falls, SD, is now the largest single source of coronavirus cases in the country. Eighty more employees were confirmed to have COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the employee total to 518. State health officials say another 126 people who had contact with an... More »

Bishops Just Gave Catholics a Big Lenten Dispensation

Some dioceses are letting followers eat meat on Fridays (but not Good Friday) due to coronavirus

(Newser) - Catholics who don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent, as well as give up other things during the 40 or so days of the religious observance before Easter, probably didn't anticipate this year also sacrificing hanging out with friends, heading out to restaurants and bars, and attending most... More »

Eat Your Meat. Now, With Veggies

Meat companies are beginning to market burgers with the veggies already blended in

(Newser) - Meat companies are making it easier for you to eat your vegetables by blending them into burgers, meatballs, and sausages, reports the AP . Applegate is introducing a line of meat-and-veggie burgers and meatballs at grocery stores next month. Tyson Foods is already selling a beef-and-pea protein patty, as well as... More »

World's Biggest Meat Company Tied to 'Cattle Laundering'

JBS linked to farms owned by a possibly murderous fugitive

(Newser) - An investigation has linked the world's largest meat processing company to a farm run by a man accused of ordering a brutal massacre in Brazil. Valdelir João de Souza has been on the run since the April 2017 Colniza massacre, in which nine men were shot and stabbed... More »

Reducing Red Meat May Not Be Worth It

Researchers say link to cancer, heart disease is weak

(Newser) - Researchers taking a fresh look at the hazards of eating red meat believe they may have killed a sacred cow of nutritional advice. In a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine , an international group of experts says evidence that red meat causes heart disease and cancer is weak... More »

'Undeclared Allergens' Lead to Frozen Meatball Recall

Yanked off shelves: 53K pounds of Cooked Perfect brand meatballs by Home Market Foods

(Newser) - If spaghetti night is coming up, you might want to check your meatballs first. USA Today reports that a product recall has been issued for more than 53,000 pounds of frozen pork and beef meatballs made by the Massachusetts-based Home Market Foods. A release from the USDA's Food... More »

First, Impossible Burger. Now, Impossible Pizza

Little Caesars is first national pizza chain to offer a faux-meat topping

(Newser) - The meat-substitute movement has entered the world of pizza. Little Caesars is the first national chain to offer a faux-meat topping—Impossible Sausage, reports Business Insider . It will be available on the $12 Impossible Supreme Pizza in select locations for a trial run, per Fortune . The plant-based "sausage" comes... More »

Missouri Farm Official: New Whopper a 'Wake-Up Call'

Meat lobbyist is impressed with taste of Burger King's meatless burger

(Newser) - If Burger King wanted good advertising for its meatless Impossible Whopper , it has arrived via an unlikely source—a review by an official with the Missouri Farm Bureau. In other words, a meat lobbyist, per the Guardian . Eric Bohl wrote that he tried the plant-based burger, available for now only... More »

McDonald's New Breakfast Sandwiches Have a Lot More Meat

Introducing the Triple Breakfast Stack

(Newser) - Because sometimes, a single layer of sausage, meat, and cheese is just not enough: McDonald's is adding a new breakfast item to its menu, the Triple Breakfast Stack . The sandwiches are basically oversize versions of the fast-food chain's pre-existing McMuffin, McGriddle, and biscuit products, except these have two... More »

She's Accused of Eating on the Job—but Not Her Own Lunch

Ohio deli worker accused of devouring $9.2K of ham and salami, a handful of slices at a time

(Newser) - Vice's Munchies notes this case could be one of "thinly sliced larceny," but whether charges emerge remains to be seen. A loss-prevention manager at a Giant Eagle supermarket in Bolivar, Ohio, recently received an odd tip about a longtime employee at the deli counter: She was... More »

Law Would Force Tofurky to Change Its Packaging

Tofurky filed a suit to stop it

(Newser) - Vegetarian food-maker Tofurky filed a lawsuit in Missouri on Monday seeking to defend its right to describe its products with meat terminology such as "sausage" and "hot dogs," as long as the packaging makes clear what the ingredients are, the AP reports. The Hood River, Oregon-based company... More »

At One Company, Meat Is Off the Menu

WeWork will no longer serve poultry, beef, pork in move meant to help environment, save animals

(Newser) - Office space sharing company WeWork says it is no longer serving red or white meat at company events. In an email to employees, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Miguel McKelvey said the company won't serve pork, poultry, or red meat, and it won't allow employees to expense meals... More »

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