Need to catch up? Here are some stories you might have missed this week.
1. FSIS rolls out mechanically tenderized beef label changes. After some scrutiny about food safety issues for mechanically tenderized beef, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service this week rolled out new rules that would require tenderized meat packages to be clearly labeled as such, complete with cooking instructions.
2. Monday vote scheduled on Senate Farm Bill. The Senate voted 75-22 to invoke cloture on the Farm Bill Thursday. Senators now have fewer than 30 hours to debate any additional amendments prior to final vote.
3. Sabotage a possibility for Monsanto in GMO wheat case. Monsanto Wednesday said it is not ruling out a 'purposeful release' of volunteer wheat plants in Oregon allegedly containing the company's Roundup Ready glyphosate-resistant trait. That hasn't stopped the blame game, though. There's already a lawsuit brewing over the issue.
5. USDA has big plans for climate change concerns. Following the agency's push earlier this year to find strategies to mitigate climate variations, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced USDA would also implement climate "hubs" to serve as information sources for farmers and forest owners. The announcement also included an online carbon calculation tool.
6. Walmart launches direct-from-grower produce plan. Walmart this week announced a plan to hire produce experts to work directly with growers in procuring produce for some 10,800 stores nationwide. The rollout also includes weekly produce checks and a produce training program for employees.
7. USDA getting serious about food waste. We have all been there. You fix a meal, forget it's in your refrigerator, and bam – it's rotten. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, that food accounts for just a portion of the 40% of food that is thrown away in the U.S. annually. But the EPA and USDA have joined forces to tackle this issue. Find out how.
And your bonus:
It's National Donut Day. Or doughnut, whatever. The point is, today is the one day of the year folks are happy to indulge in the tasty treat – but it actually has a historical meaning. According to the U.S. Naval Institute, the doughnut has roots in World War I, when Salvation Army Volunteers used to hand out doughnuts to American soldiers. There's more to the story here.