Coco's Italian Market Recalls Italian Meatball, Beef Ravioli, and Pepperoni Pizza Products Produced without Benefit of Inspection –

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2020 – Coco’s Italian Market, a Nashville, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 16,868 pounds of various ready-to-eat frozen meat products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen Italian meatball, beef ravioli, and pepperoni pizza items were produced on various dates from January 2019 through July 2020. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 16-oz. clear plastic bags packages containing 4 pieces of “Coco’s ITALIAN MARKET Fully Cooked Italian Meatballs” and a USDA mark of inspection represented on the label.
  • 15-oz. plastic-wrapped plastic covered containers containing “Coco’s ITALIAN MARKET Take – n – Bake BEEF RAVIOLI WITH LUCIANA’S MARINARA SAUCE.”
  • 16-in. plastic-wrapped cardboard trays containing “Coco’s ITALIAN MARKET Take – n – Bake Hand Made Pepperoni Pizza” with a USDA mark of inspection represented on the pepperoni label.
  • 7-in. plastic-wrapped cardboard trays containing “Coco’s ITALIAN MARKET Take – n – Bake Hand Made Pepperoni Pizza” with a USDA mark of inspection represented on the pepperoni label.

The products subject to recall do not bear an establishment number inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Tennessee.

The problem was discovered when the Tennessee Department of Agriculture observed products produced by Coco’s Italian Market in retail locations labeled with the federal marks of inspection. They also identified other labeling issues, such as the omission of net weight on the pepperoni pizza product.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Chuck Cinelli, Owner, Coco’s Italian Market, at (615) 573-2319 or

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at

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Orgranic Produce Demand and Beef-Pork Exports Down – AG INFORMATION NETWORK OF THE WEST – AGInfo Ag Information Network Of The West

Orgranic Produce Demand and Beef-Pork Exports Down

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From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**The COVID-19 crisis has not slowed demand for organic produce, and Alberton’s executive Jim Donald sees “no ceiling” as demand continues to grow.

Donald tells, though no one can predict what will happen during a recession, he believes organics will continue to thrive.

Donald believes with restaurants still hampered by COVID-19 restrictions, the supermarket business will get stronger over the next 18 months.

**In reducing wildfire risk, cattle grazing represents an important tool, according to a study prepared by University of California specialists and a private consultant.

The study says grazing cattle removed an average of 650 pounds per acre of potential fire fuel.

Saying additional research could pinpoint target levels of fuel reduction, the study recommends grazing in areas of high fire severity and risk of fire ignition.

**U.S. beef and pork exports trended lower in May, due in large part to temporary interruptions in slaughter and processing.

Beef exports dropped well below year-ago levels and recorded the lowest monthly volume in 10 years.

Pork exports remained higher than a year ago but were the lowest since October 2019.

USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom says red meat production has rebounded significantly in recent weeks and he expects beef and pork exports to regain momentum in the second half of 2020. Western Hemisphere markets may take longer to rebound.

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Uber Under Pressure to Beef Up Food Delivery – The Wall Street Journal

After a deal to acquire Grubhub collapsed, Uber turned to Postmates, the smallest of the major U.S. food-delivery players. A Postmates driver in New York City in April.


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Uber Technologies Inc.

needs a win.

After a failed bid for

Grubhub Inc.,

the ride-hailing giant is trying to buy much smaller food-delivery company Postmates Inc. as it seeks surer footing in the era of Covid-19.

The San Francisco-based company needs to get stronger in the competitive world of food delivery as the pandemic has crushed its rides business and surging infections have subsumed early hopes for an economic recovery and people returning to offices.

The food-delivery industry was ripe for consolidation even before the pandemic hit, as the biggest companies turned their sights toward making profits on the heels of fast and expensive growth and amid increasingly overlapping markets. As consumers stayed home to stop the spread of the virus, food-delivery became a lifeline for restaurants battered by lockdowns and a relative area of activity in a deteriorating economy.

“Uber’s back is against the wall to do a deal in food delivery given the consolidation phase has kicked off,” said Dan Ives, an analyst for Wedbush Securities. “They’re at the prom looking for a dance partner and there’s really only one in the room: It’s Postmates.”


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Mr. Ives estimates that Uber Eats could save itself seven to 10 years of trying to grow its business with a Postmates acquisition.

In May, Uber cut roughly a quarter of its workforce and Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said the company planned to trim $1 billion in fixed costs after stay-at-home orders to halt the spread of the coronavirus ravaged the company’s core business. Rides, which accounted for three-quarters of Uber’s revenue before the pandemic, plunged as much as 80% in April. Last month Mr. Khosrowshahi said that had improved somewhat to a 70% decline.

He said in May that Uber Eats, the company’s delivery arm, was a bright spot. In the first quarter, Eats gross bookings surged 52% from the year-earlier period to $4.68 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet, on average, expect the category’s second-quarter gross bookings to jump 65% from last year to $5.6 billion.

Shares of the ride-hailing giant soared after reports this week that it’s in talks to acquire San Francisco-based Postmates for $2.6 billion, as investors bet a tie-up would allow the company to find savings amid the costly work of building out a delivery operation. When news emerged June 10 that Grubhub had spurned Uber for another suitor, Uber’s shares had one of their worst days of the year, underscoring the importance of some kind of deal.

The ride-hailing giant’s shares have recovered from lows hit in March as Uber cut jobs and costs and made clear efforts to reposition itself amid the pandemic, but they haven’t returned to levels preceding news of GrubHub’s sale.

Food delivery is an expensive undertaking, and companies have offered steep discounts to get consumers to try out their services.

Morgan Stanley

projects that Eats will lose $340 million next year globally.

Uber didn’t respond to a request for comment.

A deal would boost the ride-hailing company’s food footprint in Los Angeles and Phoenix, where Postmates has 35% and 19% of those markets, respectively, according to research firm Second Measure.

Brian Nowak, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, estimates U.S. food-delivery sales will grow to about $45 billion this year from $31 billion in 2019. Mr. Nowak raised his estimate for 2020 based on an expected shift to online ordering amid shelter-at-home orders. He sees the industry growing to $86 billion in sales in 2025.

With about 23% of the U.S. market, Uber Eats slightly edged out Grubhub in meal delivery sales in May, to be ranked No. 2 behind DoorDash’s 45%, according to Second Measure. Postmates had 8% of the U.S. sales that month, the most recent full-month data available from the researcher.

Uber’s attempt to acquire Grubhub fell apart in June, in part because of regulatory concerns that it would create a monopoly in New York City. Instead, Grubhub turned to Dutch food-delivery giant

Just Eat

in a deal valued at $7 billion.

After that, Postmates, the smallest among the major U.S. players, was seen as the next likely target for Uber. Should a deal come together, it could be announced next week if not sooner, according to a person familiar with the matter. There’s no guarantee a deal will be reached and Postmates, which has held discussions with other possible buyers since at least last year, has been simultaneously planning an initial public offering.

When Uber reported results for the first quarter in May, Mr. Khosrowshahi said that along with growth in food delivery, he was encouraged by early signs from markets that were beginning to open back up.

But a return to normal is unlikely soon, as a recent surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in states such as Florida, Texas and California force or extend shutdown measures indefinitely.

California’s turn from bright spot to hot spot is especially troublesome for Uber, as two of its largest markets—Los Angeles and San Francisco—are located in the state. Those cities along with New York City, Chicago and London made up almost a quarter of the company’s gross ride bookings last year. Analysts surveyed by FactSet, on average, expect Uber’s ride-hailing gross bookings to decline 62% in the second quarter compared with the first three months of the year.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday rolled back some reopening plans as cases explode across America’s most populous state. Among the latest directives: mandatory closure of many indoor restaurants.

Write to Tim Higgins at

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Japan a bright spot for U.S. beef, pork exports in 2020 – KMAland

(KMAland) — Japan is being considered a bright spot for U.S. beef and pork exports in 2020.

U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Dan Halstrom says the April export statistics were resilient given the supply chain disruptions as well as the COVID-19 impact overseas.

“Pork exports in the month of April were up 22 percent year on year,” Halstrom said. “A slower rate of growth compared to the previous month, but still a good rate of growth led by China and Japan. On the beef side we saw exports slip a bit. We were down six percent year on year. The bright spot for April resides around Japan and China. We are seeing the benefits of the U.S.-Japan Ag Agreement which put us in a level playing field with our major competitors.”

With its domestic pork production slowed by African swine fever, Halstrom notes that China continues to show very strong demand for U.S. pork and beef.

“Pork into China we saw dramatic growth of 350 percent year on year,” Halstrom said. “The supply situation is still relatively short in China, and the outlook for the balance of the year remains positive as far as exports of pork from the U.S. The beef side saw some gains. We saw growth on beef into China of about double from where we were a year ago at almost 1400 tons. Keep in mind that the implementation of new protocols went into effect in March, so April was really the first month where we saw the benefits of the China Phase One Agreement.”

While Halstrom expects global demand for U.S. red meat to remain strong this year, he cautioned that temporary supply disruptions will likely impact May and June results. He also notes that weakened currencies in Mexico and some other Latin American markets have slowed U.S. exports, as well as COVID-19 related restrictions on consumers and businesses in these countries.

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Registration open for online Beef Improvement Federation symposium – Beef Magazine

Source: Beef Improvement Federation

Due to concerns about COVID-19, The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) board of directors, along with the Florida 2020 BIF Research Symposium and Convention committee, will hold the 52nd Annual Beef Improvement Federation Symposium online this year. The symposium will be hosted on Zoom the week of June 8 starting at noon CDT each day. Click or tap here for online registration and a complete schedule.  

This year registration is free for all participants. The symposium is made possible through the generous support of many organizations including 2020 Patron Level sponsors Neogen, C-Lock Inc. and Zoetis. Click or tap here to learn more about the businesses and organizations that have partnered with BIF to host this premier beef genetics producer education program.

2020 BIF award winners, including Seedstock and Commercial Producers of the Year, Pioneer, Continuing Service and Ambassador award winners will be recognized during the online symposium.

Each year the BIF symposium draws a large group of leading seedstock and commercial beef producers, academics and allied industry partners. The attendance list is a “who’s who” of the beef value chain, offering great networking opportunities and conversations about the issues of the day. Program topics focus on how the beef industry can enhance value through genetic improvement across a range of attributes that affect the value chain.

Source: BIFwhich is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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Trump Signs Order To Beef Up Meat Production After Coronavirus Hits Plants – NPR

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President Trump plans to use the Defense Production Act to keep meat plants running. Workers at the plants have been pushing for more protection from the virus.

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President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at addressing concerns about meat shortages.

The order invokes the Defense Production Act to ensure beef, pork, poultry and egg plants keep running.

“It is important that processors of beef, pork, and poultry (“meat and poultry”) in the food supply chain continue operating and fulfilling orders to ensure a continued supply of protein for Americans,” the order reads. “However, outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers at some processing facilities have led to the reduction in some of those facilities’ production capacity.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union — the largest union for workers in the plants — had called on major meat-producing companies to take immediate action to protect workers after thousands have become infected with the virus. At least 13 workers have died.

Earlier this month, one of the country’s largest pork-producing plants, in Sioux Falls, S.D., closed indefinitely after nearly 300 of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Tyson Foods has said it would close two pork plants and a beef plant.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he is working on a plan “to solve any liability problems” for meat processors.

Iowa’s Gov. Kim Reynolds and two prominent Republican senators from her state — Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst — have urged the administration to use the Defense Production Act to help farmers and the industry.

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