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  • 42 – The blockchain disappearing act

    42 – The blockchain disappearing act

    21/08/2019 Duration: 39min

    A few years ago everyone was singing the praises the blockchain, how the secure electronic ledger was going to change forever food safety. With the ability to track a single chicken from farm to supermarket shelf, massive food recalls – costing millions and millions of dollars – would become a thing of the past. Forget...

  • 41 – The internet of cows

    41 – The internet of cows

    06/08/2019 Duration: 13min

    In livestock production from pigs to chickens to salmon, consistency drives the market. If Ralph’s Supermarket wants chicken thighs at a specific weight, that’s what farmers produce for Ralph’s. In almost all the world’s leading proteins – chicken, pork, and salmon – there has been major breeding programs over the last 50 years for consistency...

  • 40 – Keeping plastic out of your ground beef

    40 – Keeping plastic out of your ground beef

    04/07/2019 Duration: 21min

    Besides the usual things one can count on in life – taxes and death – we might add a third one, more food recalls due to plastic and rubber contamination in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. This is costing the industry millions upon millions. In the last four years, plastic and rubber recalls...

  • 39 – Has an E coli silver bullet been found?

    39 – Has an E coli silver bullet been found?

    05/06/2019 Duration: 39min

    Over 25-years ago, an outbreak of E coli O157 in Jack in the Box restaurants in the States made people wake up to the fact that their hamburger could kill them. It would seem that the innocence, the fun, the love, American consumers had with burgers disappeared as newspapers became filled with stories about the...

  • 38 Hipster butchers fight back

    38 Hipster butchers fight back

    23/05/2019 Duration: 33min

    Throughout the western world one thing you can bank on is that there will be fewer butchers and shops than the year before. But now, a new generation of butchers from Brooklyn to London to Belgium are fighting back against domineering supermarket chains and challenging this trend. What this means is giving people something big...

  • 37 – The risk of African Swine Fever

    37 – The risk of African Swine Fever

    07/05/2019 Duration: 40min

    It started back in 2007 when some hungry, scavenging pigs ate infected pork meat in the Black Sea Republic of Georgia. While the pigs might have died quickly, figuring out what killed them took much longer and that’s where all the problems began. By the time someone reached the ah-ha stage and said: “Hey, that...

  • 36 – The way to the cash register is through the nose

    36 – The way to the cash register is through the nose

    24/04/2019 Duration: 25min

    You open-up a jar of instant coffee, break the lid seal with a spoon and you’re greeted with the smell of fresh coffee. Why, because the big companies like Nestles, Kraft, and others realize that the first few seconds that you spend with their product can be the most important ones. However, you open-up a...

  • #35 Japan and US beef – is the love affair over?

    #35 Japan and US beef – is the love affair over?

    10/04/2019 Duration: 24min

    The USA’s largest export market for beef and pork is Japan, but perhaps never before has this market been hanging on tethers such as it is now. With a lack of trade deal, countries that do have one with Japan – including beef powerhouse Australia – are ready to bounce. However, one advantage the US...

  • 34 – Rise of the low meat sausage

    34 – Rise of the low meat sausage

    01/04/2019 Duration: 13min

    In this episode Producer Rhian Owen looks into the boom in UK sausage sales and how it has spawn a trend for low meat sausages. Taking advantage of this trend is fraught with difficulties as the sausage enjoys a protected status under European law, but one enforcer’s rules can be very different from another’s. Rhian...

  • 33 – Chlorination Street

    33 – Chlorination Street

    12/03/2019 Duration: 30min

    While it might seem hard to believe but once upon a time, the British people weren’t giving a thought to US chicken washed in chlorine, nor were there any US poultry producers even looking on a map to see where the UK was located. The UK poultry industry produced over 70 percent of chicken consumed...

  • 33 – Slow news day

    33 – Slow news day

    27/02/2019 Duration: 27min

    An egg producer comes to your food safety agency about a slightly high level of a very regulated insecticide in his eggs. How it got there, he has no idea, but suspects a detergent he’s been using to control red mites. While it’s above the allowed safety level, it is not by much, so you...

  • 31 – The next poultry Klondike

    31 – The next poultry Klondike

    12/02/2019 Duration: 34min

    While once saying the word ‘Klondike’ to a gold prospector brought about a sudden distant look off to the far horizon, today it’s a term used in the finance sector and in the commercial fishing industry to pretty much describe the exact same thing – the next big fishing grounds. In the meat/poultry industry, Meat...

  • 30 – History of Red Meat (part 3) – The future of Red Meat

    30 – History of Red Meat (part 3) – The future of Red Meat

    31/01/2019 Duration: 39min

    When we decided to cover the history of the red meat industry, we thought it would be just one episode. We were wrong. After we started looking at the past 100 years of the red meat processing industry, where we are today and where we’re headed as an industry started to make sense. This episode...

  • 29 – Get a grip on jerky

    29 – Get a grip on jerky

    21/01/2019 Duration: 34min

    In this episode we’ll be talking about meat snacks, one of the most exciting sub-industries in the world’s meat/poultry whole-shebang. Why do we think this? Taken as a whole – meaning jerky, biltong, salami, salumi, Parma and Prosciutto ham, cured meat, Chinese lap chong, etc – the global meat snack industry is worth today around...

  • 28 – History of Red Meat (part 2) – or why Camelot fell

    28 – History of Red Meat (part 2) – or why Camelot fell

    18/12/2018 Duration: 43min

    It’s odd knowing you lived through a Golden Age but I have, the golden age of the meat industry worker. As far as Golden Ages go, this one was actually pretty good as long as you weren’t a cow. It definitely beat the golden age of crossbows and plagues. While it seems unbelievable now, but...

  • 27 – It’s in the gas

    27 – It’s in the gas

    30/11/2018 Duration: 34min

    It must have been 2004. I was at Brussel’s Seafood, the largest seafood show in the world, and was looking at a mussel company’s display. The mussels were sealed in black plastic boxes, each holding about a half pound of the shellfish. A guy at the stand came over. “How long do you think their...

  • 26 – The birth of a red meat world

    26 – The birth of a red meat world

    31/10/2018 Duration: 29min

    If you visit a modern meat, poultry, or even fish processing plant, you might be surprised at how similar they are – no matter where you are in the world. But what surprise you even more that all our modern plants can be traced back to two Chicago meat packing rivals, who created the system...

  • 25 – How Poland became Europe’s poultry king

    25 – How Poland became Europe’s poultry king

    17/10/2018 Duration: 31min

    When Meat Talk visited Poland, things were getting a bit crazy weather-wise. Hotter than blazes, even the animals were feeling it with livestock going off feed and wolves attacking people. But, besides the weather, something else has been heating up in Poland, something for the last 10 years, and that’s its poultry industry, now rated...

  • 24 – Pet food, the rendering gem (part 2)

    24 – Pet food, the rendering gem (part 2)

    01/10/2018 Duration: 29min

    In Part I of pet food we talked about how the globally industry will reach somewhere between $78 billion to $94 billion this year – don’t even ask about the value of baby food because it doesn’t even come close. In Part II we will talk about the nuts and bolts of the industry. The...

  • 23 – Pet food gold rush (part 1)

    23 – Pet food gold rush (part 1)

    19/09/2018 Duration: 26min

    One of the fastest moving, biggest growth industries is not chicken, burgers, plant protein, or even anything for the Millennials. No, it’s food for our four-legged best friends. Whatever you think the global value of pet food is – you’re wrong, it’s a lot, lot more. In this episode of Meat Talk, we’ll be talking...

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