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RECALL: John Morrell and Co. Recalls Hot Dog Products

John Morrell and Co. is recalling approximately 210,606 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.

TDA Serves up New Software to School Nutrition Programs

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s MENU software platform is now available for all Texas school districts to use free of charge.

RECALL: Pinnacle Foods Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes, Frozen Waffles and Frozen French Toast Slices Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Pinnacle Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling all “Best By” dates of Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes, Frozen Waffles & Frozen French Toast Slices distributed nationally in the United States and one product into Mexico because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Flexibility for School Lunch Regulations Announced

Chairman Roberts and Secretary Perdue have announced National School Lunch Program regulatory flexibility. The flexibility relates to postponement of sodium targets, flexibility regarding serving non-whole grain rich products, and an allowance for 1 percent milkfat flavored milk to be served. Specific details regarding implementation will be provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture at a later date.

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony on April 25 at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on April 24.

RECALL: OK Food, Inc. Is Recalling Approximately 933,272 Pounds of Breaded Chicken Products

OK Food, Inc., an Oklahoma City, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 933,272 pounds of breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal.

RECALL: H & B Packing Co., Inc. Recalls Boneless Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli Contamination

H & B Packing Co., Inc., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 73,742 pounds of boneless beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Dairy Max Scholarships

Dairy MAX, Inc., the local checkoff promotion organization funded by dairy farmers, offers five $1,000 academic scholarships for students entering the field of agriculture, culinary arts, education or science (a maximum of $2,500 may be awarded based on quality of application).

RECALL: Choice Farms LLC Recalls Very Limited Quantity of Mushrooms Stuffed with Cheese Supplied by a Third Party that May Have the Potential for Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Choice Farms LLC is initiating a very limited voluntary recall of stuffed mushrooms because the mushrooms may contain a cheese component which a third party supplier advised has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

RECALL: Country Fresh Recalls Various Cooking And Snacking Products Due To Possible Health Risk

Following the Sargento Cheese Company recall where select Sargento branded cheeses were recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Country Fresh, LLC. of Conroe, Texas, is recalling 2,552 cases of various cooking and snacking products (product descriptions attached), that contained Sargento branded cheeses because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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