A hamburger was the downfall of a bank robber who will now spend 72 years in prison. Dominick Johnson, 34, robbed several banks in western Michigan from May 2014 to January 2015 with his half-brother, Nathan Benson, 24.
During their final bank robbery near Kalamazoo a dye pack went off in a bag of $8,000 and Benson threw it into the getaway car Johnson was driving. As Johnson drove away he got stuck in a ditch and the pair had to push the vehicle out. In the process, Johnson dropped a half-eaten Wendy’s cheeseburger on the ground and with it his DNA. “The burger was a key piece of evidence in the case. It proved he was outside the bank and outside the car,” says Assistant U.S. Attorney Hagen Frank. We doubt Johnson will be getting any Dave's Hot 'N Juicy cheeseburgers while he’s in prison.
British Beef Comeback
The British are coming! The British are coming! British beef and lamb that is. Starting in January lamb and beef originating from the United Kingdom could be imported to the U.S. for the first time in 20 years. A 60-day consultation period will take place to allow USDA to examine the safety and animal health standards of British beef and lamb.
Previously an outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the late 1990s halted all imports of beef and lamb to the U.S.
If the agreement goes through it would be the first major trade deal brokered by the UK following the Brexit vote and it could bring in $45.94 million per year to British farmers.
Cockroach Milk and USDA Choice Crickets
Cockroaches could be the next big protein shake ingredient. Scientists discovered the Pacific Beetle Cockroach feed their young a crystal formula that is rich in protein, fat and sugar. The liquid is seen as a complete food and has the potential for human consumption. However, milking a cockroach could prove difficult, so the scientists are trying to reverse bioengineer the cockroach milk.
While you wait for a jug of cockroach milk to hit selves, it might not be long before USDA inspected insects are in the grocery stores. The North American Edible Insect Coalition is trying to persuade the Food and Drug Administration to add mealworms, cricket protein powder and other insect products to the agency’s database of Generally Recognized as Safe ingredients. The group hopes insects will be their own food group like seafood.
Center Stage for Lameness
It only takes a few video clips of a limping cow or feeder calf for an animal rights group to have a field day with the press.
Proper hoof and leg conformation of cattle entering feedlots are a critical component in profitability and consumer trust, says Temple Grandin and Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein.