AgDay Daily Recap -Dec. 10. 2015

December 10, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
DEC. 10, 2015


OPENING HEADLINES:
USDA ROLLS OUT A NEW SUPPLY DEMAND REPORT....WE'VE GOT THE LATEST DATA. PLUS, COULD ANOTHER MEGA MERGER BE ON THE HORIZON. IN AGRIBUSINESS...ARE CATTLE MARKETS FALLING TOO FAR? BEEF IS STILL NOT COMPETITIVE WITH PORK AND POULTRY AT THE RETAIL LEVEL. CHIPOLTE FOOD SAFETY CHALLENGES CONTINUE.
AND A NEW LOUISIANA LAB IS HELPING CREATE PRODUCTS CONSUMERS CAN ENJOY.
NO SURPRISES FROM USDA LATEST SUPPLY-AND-DEMAND DATA:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. NO GREAT SURPRISES FROM USDA'S LATEST SUPPLY-AND-DEMAND DATA AS IT NUDGED HIGHER U-S CORN ENDING STOCKS. WASDE LIFTED NEW-CORN ENDING BUSHELS TO NEARLY ONE-POINT-EIGHT BILLION. THAT'S UP 25 MILLION FROM LAST MONTHS ESTIMATE. IT'S WITHIN PREREPORT ESTIMATES FROM MARKET EXPERTS.
USDA CUT CORN EXPORTS BY 50 MILLION, BUT BOOSTED ETHANOL DEMAND FOR CORN BY 25 MILLION BUSHELS.
SOYBEAN AND WHEAT STOCKS ARE UN-CHANGED.
USDA'S DECEMBER SUPPLY AND DEMAND REPORT WERE ANTICIPATED TO BE TAME WITH JUST MINOR FINE TUNING AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT USDA GAVE US. IN FACT, THEY MADE NO CHANGES TO THE SOYBEAN OR WHEAT S & D TABLES THIS MONTH INCLUDING THE PRICE OUTLOOKS FOR BOTH OF THOSE COMMODITIES.
THEY DID HAVE A MINOR CHANGE ON THE CORN SIDE OF THINGS AND THAT WAS A 25 MILLION BUSHEL INCREASE IN THE CARRYOVER PROJECTION THERE.
BASICALLY IT CAME WITH THE REDUCTION IN EXPORTS MORE THAN OFFSETTING THE RISE IN ETHANOL PRODUCTION. I HONESTLY THINK THEY WERE PRETTY CONSERVATIVE WITH THEIR ETHANOL NUMBER, BASED ON WHAT WE'VE SEEN PRODUCTION WISE OVER THE PAST MONTH OR SO, ESP WITH THE RECORD PRODUCTION TWO WEEKS AGO. BUT THAT'S KINDA OF HOW USDA PLAYS IT. ON THE GLOBAL SCENE, MUCH THE SAME. JUST SOME MINOR FINE TUNING. VERY MINOR CHANGES FOR CORN AND SOYBEAN GLOBAL ENDING STOCKS. THE WHEAT WAS A BIT OF A SURPRISE, GOING UP 2 AND A HALF MILLION TONS FROM LAST MONTH. FOR THE EDITORS OF THE PROFARMER NEWSLETTER HERE IN CEDAR FALLS, IOWA, I'M BRIAN GRETE.
WASDE REPORT:

THE 'WASDE" REPORT ALSO PUSHED HIGHER GRAIN EXPORTS FOR ARGENTINA.
AS WE'VE REPORTED, ARGENTINA RESIDENTS JUST VOTED-IN A NEW PRESIDENT WHO IS CONSIDERED VERY FRIENDLY TO AG. IT'S WIDELY EXPECTED THAT EXPORT TAXES ON GRAINS WILL BE CURTAILED OR ELIMINATED COMPLETELY.
USDA RAISED ARGENTINE WHEAT EXPORTS BY A MILLLION TONNES TO SIX MILLION TONNES. PRESIDENT MAURICIO MACRI TAKES OFFICE THURSDAY.
AG INDUSTRY MEGA MERGERS:
MEGA MERGERS CONTINUE TO RIPPLE THROUGH THE AG INDUSTRY.
NEW REPORTS SAY DOW AND DUPONT ARE GETTING CLOSE ON A DEAL THAT COULD MAKE IT ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHEMICAL AND SEED COMPANIES IN THE WORLD.
THE NEWS COMING FROM BLOOMBERG.
IT SAYS DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY IS IN LATE-STAGE TALKS TO MERGE WITH DUPONT. AND THE MERGER COULD BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS THIS WEEK.
ANALYSTS PREDICTING THAT IF TALKS STAND, THE NEW COMPANY WOULD LIKELY BREAK INTO TWO OR THREE BUSINESSES FOR REGULATORY REASONS.
THE SPLIT POTENTIALLY CREATING AN AGRICULTURAL POWERHOUSE POTENTIALLY SURPASSING MONSANTO IN SIZE.
ON THE CHEMICAL SIDE THE BUSINESS WOULD FALL JUST BEHIND WORLD LEADER B-A-S-F IN SIZE.
LAND DISPUTE ALONG RED RIVER, OKLA. MAY SOON BE SETTLED:
THE BACK AND FORTH CONTINUES OVER LAND ALONG THE RED RIVER IN OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS.
REPRESENTATIVE MAC THORNBERRY INTRODUCED H.R. 21-30--THE RED RIVER PRIVATE PROPERTY PROTECTION ACT.
THE BILL SEEKS TO SETTLE A DISPUTE OVER 90-THOUSAND ACRES SPANNING MORE THAN 100 MILES OF THE RED RIVER. THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT SAYS THE AREA COULD BE CONSIDERED PUBLIC DOMAIN. THAT WOULD ESSENTIALLY TAKE THE LAND FROM ITS CURRENT OWNERS....MAKING IT FEDERAL PROPERTY. CATTLEMEN AND THE PUBLIC LANDS COUNCIL SAY THOSE PEOPLE HAVE OWNED, MANAGED AND PAID TAXES ON THAT PROPERTY FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS IN SOME CASES.
THEY CALL THE MOVE A LAND GRAB. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT WILL VETO THORNBERRY'S BILL. COTTON GROWERS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS TESTIFIED IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK STRESSING THE DIFFICULTIES WITHIN THE INDUSTRY. A HOUSE AGRICULTURE SUB-COMMITTEE HEARD FROM COTTON PRODUCERS AND BANKERS. GROWERS OUTLINED THE STRUGGLES WITH THE MARKET, POLICY, REGULATORY ISSUES AND ACREAGE. BANKERS STRESSED THE NED FOR A THRIVING COTTON INDUSTRY. NATIONAL COTTON ACREAGE IS AT ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1983 COTTON PRICES ARE AT ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 2009. THE WORLD CARRY OVER IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS FAR AS ON THE BALLOT SHEET. WE'RE CARRYING ALMOST A WHOLE CROP CARRYOVER RIGHT NOW 37 THAT'S KIND OF A SCARY THING. SOME IN THE COTTON INDUSTRY ARE PUSHING TO MAKE COTTONSEED AN ELGIBLE MINOR OR 'OTHER' OILSEED. DOING SO, COULD GIVE GROWERS THE OPTION OF CHOOSING ADDITIONAL ARC OR PLC SAFETY-NET COVERAGE OPTIONS. IF THE SECRETARY CHOOSES TO DECLARE COTTONSEED AS A MINOR OILSEED, COTTON GROWERS WOULD HAVE THE OPTION TO CHOOSE BETWEEN ARC AND PLC. AN ARC OR PLC PROGRAM FOR COTTONSEED WOULD BE TIED COTTONSEED PRICES AND NOT TO COTTON LINT PRICES.
CROP WATCH:
USDA'S PLANTED ACREAGE REPORT SHOWS ALL COTTON ACREAGE WAS ESTIMATED AT 9 MILLION ACRES, NEARLY 20 PERCENT BELOW LAST YEAR. SPEAKING OF COTTON...THERE ARE STILL A FEW FIELDS LEFT TO BE HARVESTED. CINDI CLAWSON IS IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN WITH DETAILS IN TODAY'S CROPWATCH.
LET'S START OFF CROPWATCH IN TURKEY, TEXAS.
SCOTT SIMMONS SENT US A PHOTO OF SOME COTTON LEFT ON THE SOUTH PLAINS. HE SAYS THERE ISN'T A LOT LEFT IN THE FIELDS, BUT MORE THAN HE EXPECTED.
SIMMONS SAYS THE AREA RECEIVED SOME RAIN OVER THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. NOW GROWERS ARE RUNNING HARD TO FINISH THE HARVEST. MOVING OVER TO EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA...
KERRY BALDWIN SENT US THIS PHOTO OF THE 'WINTER WONDERLAND.' THE AREA RECEIVED ABOUT FIVE INCHES OF SNOW ABOUT A WEEK AGO-A LOT HAS SINCE MELTED. HE SAYS THE REGION IS A LITTLE DRY GOING INTO WINTER.
TEASE:
WELL COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS CRAZY WEATHER PATTERN WE HAVE IN PLACE IT'S A VERY ACTIVE ONE AND FOR SOME IT MEANS A LOT OF RAIN CLINTON THANKS CINDI, WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL LOOK INTO THE CONTINUED STRUGGLES IN THE CATTLE MARKET AND WHY ONE ANALYST THINKS WE'VE FALLEN TOO FAR.
BURRITO MAKER CHIPOTLE FACES A NEW HEALTH SCARE. AND HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE FIVE HUMAN SENSES WHEN IT COMES TO CONSUMER CHOICES?
WE'LL HEAR FROM LEADING EXPERTS.
RECIEVE A FREE TRIAL OF THE DAILY MARKET LETTER AND GAIN KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CURRENT MARKET CONDITIONS FROM THE PROFESSIONALS AT BOWER TRADING. VIEW THE MARKETS LIKE NEVER BEFORE. GO TO BOWERTRADING DOT COM.

 

CME:
IN AGRIBUSINESS HOW DID THOSE USDA REPORTS IMPACT COMMODITY TRADE?
FOR THE ANSWER WE HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. WEDNESDAY'S GRAIN TRADE -WAS THERE A USDA REPORT TODAY OR NOT? I'M NOT QUITE SURE. NOT MUCH HAPPENING. OF COURSE WE DIDN'T EXPECT MUCH TO HAPPEN, OF COURSE JUST KIDDING. WE'RE REALLY JUST TALKING A RANGE.
AND LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD, EVERYONE'S WAITING TO SEE WHAT JANET YELLEN AND THE FED RESERVE DOES. TODAY IN THE EQUITY MARKET WE SAW A MAJOR TURNAROUND WHICH INDICATES SOME NEWS MAY BE COMING OUT FAIRLY QUICKLY HERE.IS IT GOING TO HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON MARKETS, AND AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE DOLLAR WHICH HELP US AS FAR AS GRAIN TRADE? WEDNESDAY'S LIVESTOCK, WELL, I GUESS WE'RE SEEING SOME MAJOR PUNISHMENT HERE FOR THE CATTLE MARKETS.I THINK THIS COULD BE VERY WELL WHAT WE CALL A BLOW OFF TO THE DOWNSIDE. I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS ONE YOU WANT TO JUMP IN AND BUY. BUT CERTAINLY A DEAD CAT BOUNCE IS COMING. WHAT YOU WANT TO LOOK FOR HERE NOW, IF YOU'RE A TRADER AND YOU'RE MORE ACTIVE YOU LOOK FOR A SPOT FOR SHORT TERM CHART TO TURN AND LOOK TO BE A BUYER FOR A QUICK TRADE. AS A PRODUCER, LOOK FOR THAT RALLY THEN WE'LL RE-EVALUATE ONCE WE GET THERE. THAT'S THE WAY I SEE IT. THIS IS TODD HORWITZ BUBBA TRADING DOT COM COMING TO YOU FROM THE CME GROUP FLOOR IN CHICAGO.
AGRIBUSINESS:
JULIANNE JOHNSON, JOINING ME TODAY, SHE IS WITH PROFARMER. JULIANNE, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY, BOY ESPECIALLY CATTLE WE HAVE SEEN A WILD ROAD THIS YEAR.> IT HAS BEEN AN INTERESTING STORY THIS YEAR. WE STARTED THE YEAR EXPECTING A BULLISH FUNDAMENTAL SITUATION AND SUPPLY SITUATION IS VERY BULLISH AS YOU KNOW, SUPPLY AND BEEF PRODUCTION THIS YEAR IS BELOW THE PREVIOUS YEAR, BECAUSE THAT CONTRACTION AND THAT HERD BUILDING PHASE KEPT HEIFERS OUT OF THE SLAUGHTER MIX AND WE HAVE TIGHT SUPPLIES. BUT IN JANUARY WE HAD THAT PORK STRIKE ON THE WEST COAST AND THAT DISRUPTED TRADE AND WE BUILT SUPPLIES UP IN COLD STORAGE AND WE JUST REMAIN LEVELS WITH COLD STORAGE THAT ARE BEARISH AND INDICATE THAT DEMAND HAS NOT BEEN AS STRONG AND IT IS A CONCERN.> WHAT ABOUT ON THE RETAIL SECTOR, BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN BOXED BEEF COME DOWN.> WE HAVE SEEN A BIG DECLINE IN THE PRICE OF BOXED BEEF TO LEVELS THAT SHOULD BE STIMULATING DEMAND, BUT WHAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN IS THE LEVEL OF RETAIL PRICES IN BEEF. BEEF IS STILL NOT COMPETITIVE WITH PORK AND POULTRY AT THE RETAIL LEVEL, BECAUSE RETAIL PRICES FOR BEEF HAVEN'T DECLINED AT THE RATE THAT THE BOXED BEEF MARKET HAS.> YEAH, AS WE HEAD THROUGH 2016, OBVIOUSLY, WE EXPECT THE HERD TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN SIZE MAKING MORE SUPPLIES AVAILABLE, WHAT ABOUT PRICES?> WELL, RIGHT NOW USDA CURRENT PROJECTIONS ARE CASH CATTLE PRICES AVERAGED ABOUT 150 THIS YEAR AND DECLINED ABOUT 10 DOLLARS IN THE NEXT YEAR, BUT ONE OF MY BIGGEST CONCERNS IS THAT THE FUTURES MARKET ISN'T TRADING THE FUNDAMENTAL SITUATION IN THE MARKET, BECAUSE WE HAVE NEARBY CATTLE FUTURES AT A DISCOUNT TO THOSE CASH PROJECTION LEVELS FOR 2016, SO WE ARE IN A PERIOD OF NOT EQUILIBRIUM AND SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE BECAUSE FUTURES MARKETS SHOULDN'T BE DRIVING CASH CATTLE TRADE LOWER--CASH CATTLE SHOULD BE KING AND DRIVING THE FUTURES MARKET.> WHAT HAS TO CHANGE?> WELL, WE NEED TO HAVE A MINDSET CHANGE, AND TRADERS JUST DECIDE THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND THE PRICE HAS NOT DECLINED ENOUGH, BUT WE ALSO NEED THOSE RETAIL BEEF PRICES TO COME DOWN TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE TO BUILD DOMESTIC DEMAND.> ALL RIGHT, JULIANNE, GOOD INSIGHTS, THANKS FOR BEING HERE. WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. 
NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH CINDI CLAWSON. CINDI, THIS SYSTEM KEEPS ROLLING IN OUT WEST. AND IT LOOKS AS IF THEY'RE GETTING HIT PRETTY HARD. THEY REALLY ARE. WE HAVE HEARD AND SEEN THE STORIES ABOUT THE FLOODING THERE. IT'S OBVIOUSLY HELPING WITH THE DROUGHT BUT YOU DON'T WANT IT ALL AT ONCE. IT DOESN'T DO ALL THAT GOOD ALL THE WAY AROUND DOES IT.HERE'S A LOOK AT THE MAPS. HERE'S WHAT WE HAVE GOING ON TODAY. AND WE HAVE YET ANOTHER SYSTEM MOVING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. THAT WILL BRING ANOTHER ROUND OF HEAVY RAIN, WASHINGTON, OREGON ALSO INTO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND PUSHING INLAND. THIS IS THE STORM THAT WAS THERE JUST A DAY AGO. NOW IT'S AFFECTING PARTS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST. WE'RE GOING TO SEE SOME RAIN IN MINNESOTA, THE NORTHERN PARTS OF WISCONSIN AND THAT'S GOING TO START OT PUSH OFF TO THE EAST. MOST OF THE MOISTURE IS REALLY CLOSE TO THAT LOW PRESSURE THAT'S SOUTH AND NOT SO MUCH BY THAT FRONT. PRETTY QUIET IN MOST OF THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY. WE HAVE SOME SPOTTY RAIN IN THE NORTHEAST. WE SEE A LITTLE SHOWER ACTIVITY IN FLORIDA AS WELL. TONIGHT, WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING RAIN AND SOME SNOWFLAKES THROUGH THE FAR NORTHERN REACHES OF MINNESOTA. AND THE U.P. OF MICHIGAN. WE'RE GOING TO SEE SOME RAIN AND SNOW IN THE NORTHERN ROCKIES AND PUSHING THIS EVEN FURTHER AS WE GET INTO FRIDAY MORNING. EVERYTHING PUSHES TO THE EAST, THE GREAT LAKES AT LEAST UPPER GREAT LAKES SEEING SOME RAIN, A FEW SNOWFLAKES. THIS SYSTEM PUSHES TO THE EAST AND WE GET ANOTHER ONE COMING TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. THIS ONE IS GOING TO EVENTUALLY SLOW-DOWN. THIS WILL BE A RAINMAKER FOR MUCH OF THE NATION'S MIDSECTION AS WE HEAD INTO HTE WEEKEND AND AS WE TAP INTO GULF MOISTURE. HERE'S HOW THIS LOOKS AS WE GET INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. YOU SEE IT DOESN'T MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF EASTWARD PROGRESS HERE. WE SEE A LOW DEVELOPING AND IT'S GOING TO BE A SLOW MOVER THROUGH THE WEEKEND. HERE'S A LOOK AT PRECEIPATION ESTIMATES. MOST OF IT IS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS. AND IT IS A SOAKER. THAT'S NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, THE WESTERN PART OF OREGON AND INTO WASHINGTON AS WELL. A LITTLE BIT OF A HEAVIER RAIN IN SOUTHERN FLORIDA AS WELL. SNOWFALL AND MOST OF THAT IS IN THE NORTHERN ROCKIES. NOW AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT TEMPERATURES, I WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING. IT'S ON THE MILD SIDE ABOUT EVERYWHERE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY. WHEN WE GET INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS, YOU'RE GOING TO START TO SEE COLDER AIR INTO THE NORTHWEST WITH SOME LOWS IN THE 30S, THEN TOMORROW'S HIGHS, THEY'RE ONLY GETTING INTO THE 30S FOR TOMORROW AFTERNOON SO YOU'RE REALLY SEE THAT COLDER AIR COMING IN AND THAT'S EVENTUALLY TAKING IT PAST ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST. NOW LET'S CHECK ON THE WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE.
CORNING, CALIFORNIA, PERIODS OF RAIN WITH FALLING TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE DAY. THE HIGH IS IN THE UPPER 50S EARLY. MINNESOTA, SHOWERS LIKELY WITH SNOW TONIGHT. HIGHS AROUND 37 DEGREES. AND MOSTLY SUNNY FOR CLANTON, ALABAMA.
THANKS CINDY.
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TEASE:
GOOD LUCK. BURRITO MAKER CHIPOLTE CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF FOOD SAFETY CONCERNS.
WE'LL HAVE AN UPDATE NEXT.
PLUS, VISIT A SPECIAL LAB THAT HELPS FOOD COMPANIES DETERMINE WHAT CONSUMERS MIGHT ENJOY...OR REJECT.
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CHIPOTLE CONTINUES TO FACE FOOD SAFETY CONCERNS:
STILL FEELING THE EFFECTS OF AN E-COLI OUTBREAK FOUR WEEKS AGO, CHIPOTLE NOW FACING A NEW HEALTH RELATED SCARE.
DOZENS OF PEOPLE INCLUDING AT LEAST 80 BOSTON COLLEGE STUDENTS GOT SICK AFTER EATING AT A CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT IN BOSTON. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY IT APPEARS TO BE NORO-VIRUS MAKING THE STUDENTS ILL. SANDY KOEZELL HAS OUR STORY. A CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT CLOSE TO THE BOSTON COLLEGE CAMPUS IS CLOSED, AFTER DOZENS OF PEOPLE WHO ATE THERE GOT SICK. BOSTON COLLEGE SAYS 80 OF ITS STUDENTS COMPLAINED OF GASTROINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS AFTER EATING AT THE RESTAURANT OVER THE WEEKEND.
"WE WENT TO CHIPOTLE TOGETHER FRIDAY NIGHT FOR DINNER. I ENDED UP GETTING A SALAD. AND STARTING SATURDAY NIGHT I STARTED FEELING REALLY SICK AND GOT REALLY SICK THROUGH THE NIGHT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. "I ATE AT CHIPOTLE ON SUNDAY NIGHT WITH MY ROOMMATES AND I HAVEN'T HAD ANY SYMPTOMS YET BUT I THINK IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME." "I JUST VOMITED FOR MANY HOURS STRAIGHT."
THE RESTAURANT'S OPERATING PERMIT IS SUSPENDED.
"WE WON'T CONSIDER OPENING THE RESTAURANT UNTIL WE DETERMINE THAT IT'S GOT A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH." CHIPOTLE SAYS IT BELIEVES THE ILLNESSES ARE AN ISOLATED NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK, NOT CONNECTED TO THE E-COLI CASES THAT HAVE BEEN LINKED TO CHIPOTLE IN NINE STATES.
"I'VE ONLY EVER HEARD OF NOROVIRUS BEING ON A CRUISE SHIP AND NOT SPREAD SO FAST SO YEAH, IT'S PRETTY SCARY." BOSTON COLLEGE SAYS ALL OF THE SICK STUDENTS ARE BEING TESTED FOR BOTH E-COLI AND NOROVIRUS. BOSTON HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THEY'VE FOUND SOME NOROVIRUS CASES. SANDY KOZEL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. )
MEANWHILE, CHIPOTLE SAYS IT IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH STATE AND FEDERAL HEALTH OFFICIALS AS THE INVESTIGATION INTO AN E. COLI OUTBREAK EXPANDS OUTSIDE THE PACIFIIC NORTHWEST. AS OF DEC. 2, 52 PEOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT BEING SICK AFTER EATING AT CHIPOTLE. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS 20 OF WHICH WERE HOSPITALIZED.
INITIALLY, CASES WERE REPORTED IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, BUT THE C-D-C JUST LAST WEEK ADDED ILLINOIS, MARYLAND, AND PENNSYLVANIA TO THE LIST. THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL TO NINE STATES WITH POSTIVE CASES OF E-COLI CONNECTED TO THE BURRITO MAKER. CHIPOTLE ANNOUNCED ON DEC. 4 AN UPDATED FOOD SAFETY PROTOCOL FOR ALL OF ITS RESTAURANTS AND SUPPLY CHAIN.
TEASE:
THE FIVE HUMAN SENSES PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN WHAT WE BUY. NEXT WE'LL VISIT A SPECIAL COLLEGE LAB THAT'S TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF "TESTERS".
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IN THE COUNTRY:
A NEW SENSORY ANALYSIS CENTER ON LSU'S CAMPUS CAN PROVIDE EVALUATION, TESTING AND CONSUMER RESEARCH ON FOOD PRODUCTS, PHARMACEUTICALS, FRAGRANCES AND TEXTILES. LSU AGCENTER'S TOBIE BLANCHARD SAYS THE CENTER CAN HANDLE A RANGE OF TESTING NEEDS.
IN THE LSU SCHOOL OF NUTRITION AND FOOD SCIENCES ON LSU'S CAMPUS , PRODUCTS CAN BE PREPARED, TASTED, TESTED AND EVALUATED IN A STATE-OF-THE-ART, WELL-EQUIPPED FACILITY.
THE CENTER PROVIDES CONSULTATION, SENSORY SERVICES AND EDUCATION TO FOOD AND NON-FOOD INDUSTRIES. WE CAN HELP THE COMPANY DETERMINE IF PRODUCTS ARE DIFFERENT, IF PRODUCTS ARE ACCEPTABLE OR WHICH ONE THEY WOULD PREFER MORE OR LIKE MORE, WHICH ONES THEY WOULD PURCHASE MORE OFTEN. HE CENTER IS OUTFITTED WITH A SENSORY BOOTH THAT SEATS 16 CONSUMER TESTERS. IT ALSO HAS THREE CONFERENCE ROOMS. ONE INCLUDES A ONE-WAY MIRROR FOR OBSERVATIONS. THE CENTER ALSO HAS TWO KITCHENS. THE FIRST IS OUR COMMERCIAL KITCHEN WHICH IS A DHH-INSPECTED FACILITY, AND WE HAVE ANYTHING A COMPANY WOULD NEED IN ORDER TO PREPARE THEIR PRODUCT.
DHH IS THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS, WHICH INSPECTS COMMERCIAL KITCHENS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE UP TO CODE. THE SECOND KITCHEN IS A DEMONSTRATION KITCHEN THAT ALLOWS A COMPANY TO PREPARE A PRODUCT IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE TO GET CONSUMER FEEDBACK ON FOOD PREPARATION. THE SENSORY ANALYSIS CENTER IS AMASSING A DATABASE OF CONSUMER TESTERS. WE NEED INDIVIDUALS FROM AROUND BATON ROUGE WHO ARE ACTUALLY CONSUMERS SO WE CAN GET THEIR FEEDBACK. TESTERS WILL FILL OUT DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION AND A SURVEY ABOUT PURCHASING HABITS AND LIKES AND DISLIKES. COMPANIES LOOKING TO TEST PRODUCTS CAN PULL FROM THE DATABASE BASED ON INFORMATION PROVIDED TO GATHER A PANEL THAT MEETS THEIR REQUIREMENTS. TASTERS AND PANELISTS RECEIVE A SMALL PAYMENT FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION. WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, THIS IS TOBIE BLANCHARD REPORTING. THE SENSORY CENTER ALSO HAS ADVANCED EQUIPMENT SUCH AS A MACHINE CALLED AN ELECTRONIC TONGUE THAT ACTS LIKE A TONGUE TO SENSE DIFFERENT ATTRIBUTES OF A PRODUCT.
CLOSING:
FOR CINDI CLAWSON, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
PROMO:
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CINDI CLAWSON WILL HAVE YOUR WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK. AND HOW TO WIN A BRAND NEW YAMAHA ATV. WATCH US WEEKDAYS HERE ON AGDAY.

 

 

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