While making an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, TV chef Jamie Oliver made a statement that provoked one of those “What the …?” responses from us. Oliver claimed that vanilla ice cream contains castoreum, an additive extracted from the scent glands of … wait for it … beavers.
Relax, consumers of America’s #1 selling ice cream flavor. Turns out Jamie is wrong – completely, totally, absolutely, 100%, just plain wrong.
Rest assured, the U.S. milk supply is safe for everyone to drink, including children and infants. The Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have stated that there is no public health concern in the United States as a result of the nuclear accident that occurred in Japan. Consumer safety is the highest priority for dairy farmers and dairy foods companies, and the U.S. dairy industry will continue to work closely with federal and state government agencies to ensure that we maintain a safe milk supply
Questions and Answers
Sometimes really smart people with all of the best analytical tools at their disposal can still be misled by market signals. Such appears to be the case for dairy commodity prices in 2011. The year began with cautious optimism. 2010 was at best so-so: there was welcome recovery in the farmgate milk price after the disaster that was 2009; but high feed prices (animal feedstuffs account for about 70% of a typical dairy’s operating costs) kept margins thin, if that. At least improved cash-flow eased farm operations.
In December 2009, America’s dairy industry concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) that provides dairy farmers and their representative organizations with access to funding for innovative projects that will enhance the sustainability of dairy farms across the nation. USDA has indicated that $130 million in federal funding for these purposes will be made available during 2010-13.
Thanksgiving is likely the biggest eating day of the year, followed by the Super Bowl. In spirit of the holiday, we thought it would be fun to post a few easy and healthy snack ideas that will keep you and guests satisfied until Turkey time. We don’t know about you, but holiday snacks are something we are definitely thankful for! Cheese Platter Cube some of your favorite cheeses and serve with an array of crackers or small slices of bread.