The changes in how cuts of meat are labeled in grocery stores, due out this summer, will clear up confusion and bolster confidence among consumers. So says Iowa State University’s Joseph Cordray, professor of animal science and the director of Iowa State University’s Meat Laboratory....More
The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) recently hosted a meeting of North American pork industry leaders, finding several areas of common interest and concern. The meeting took place in Niagara Falls, Canada, where representatives of the CPC met with their counterparts from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the Mexican pork producer organization, the Confederación de Porcicultores Mexicanos....More
The American Meat Institute (AMI) has filed comments criticizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed amendment to mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL). The deadline for filing is today on the proposed rule of March 12, 2013 issued by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.
In its letter of April 9, AMI suggests its member companies will be “significantly and adversely affected by the proposal” in that it would “force every supplier and every retailer to change its labeling information and systems.”...More
Export challenges are indeed one of the factors affecting pork and beef prices this spring, according to today’s Daily Livestock Report (www.dailylivestockreport.com).
And the challenges are indeed serious and involve two important markets, Russia and China, amid concerns over residues of ractopamine, a beta agonist used in pork, beef and turkey production. The product is sold under the trade name Paylean for pigs and Optiflexx for cattle....More
Staying profitable in the face of high feed costs, keeping up with increased government regulations and responding to strong consumer demands are all pork industry challenges that Alltech plans to tackle at GLIMPSE 2020: the 29th Annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, KY, May 19-22....More
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) provides an in-depth analysis to help explain some of the details behind recent decisions by Russia and China to restrict imports of pork and beef from the United States....More
March 1 has arrived, meaning that, apparently, as of today, the United States is “all in” on the budgetary sequester that has been in the news for weeks. As you probably know by now, sequestration is an across-the-board reduction in spending mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Dire predictions have been made by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack about furloughing meat inspectors as part of the budget reduction process, thus jeopardizing pork marketing channels in coming days....More
Senator Pat Roberts, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, said that under law, USDA is obligated to perform meat and poultry inspections for the safety of consumers despite threats by the Obama Administration to furlough Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) employees due to forced spending cuts set to take effect March 1, 2013....More
U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, has asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for answers on how the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) plans to implement its sequester cuts....More
Smithfield Foods, Inc. said today that the company is well positioned to meet rising demand for ractopamine-free pork, following recent announcements that China and Russia will require third-party certification that pork exports are ractopamine-free. Smithfield leads the industry in the production of ractopamine-free pork....More
Fresh off the Russian ban of all U.S. beef, pork and turkey exports effective Feb. 11, U.S. officials are now scrambling to ward off restrictions to the larger Chinese pork export market, in both cases because animals were fed ractopamine....More
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pressing trade officials to quickly resolve Russia's recent ban on U.S. meat, according to a report from The Hill’s On the Money Blog.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and panel ranking member Thad Cochran (R-MS) were joined by 31 other senators on Tuesday in urging the U.S. Trade Representative to deal with Russia’s import ban on U.S. beef, poultry and turkey, they argue would cost the industry $600 million a year....More
What a week in Washington. As a vast divide separates the Republicans and Democrats on budget issues, The Hill is predicting a high likelihood that the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester will be implemented. Food Safety News reported this week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could conduct 2,100 fewer inspections at domestic and foreign food facilities and the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) might have to furlough all employees for approximately two weeks to meet the extensive budget cuts. This would, in effect, bring the U.S. meat industry to a screeching halt....More
Laurie Hueneke, director of International Trade Policy, Sanitary and Technical Issues, for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) attended last week the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, GA, and participated in a panel on the role of the Codex Alimentarius in establishing international food safety standards....More
Animal scientists in Brazil have found that a small dose of the feed additive ractopamine can boost pork production without changing how pork looks or tastes, according to a report this week by the American Society of Animal Science (http://asas.org.)....More
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) officials have confirmed the Feb. 11 deadline for a Russian ban of both chilled and frozen U.S. beef and pork exports to that country.
USMEF sources indicate that a few days ago Russia’s Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service notified USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service that it was considering no longer accepting any meat and meat products from U.S. packing plants after Feb. 10 – unless FSIS took action soon to ensure that exports are free of ractopamine residues....More
After scrutinizing a decade's worth of data on foodborne disease outbreaks, federal health officials estimate that produce was the vehicle in close to half of all illnesses and that poultry was the culprit in 19% of all deaths, according to an analysis from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota....More
Russia may impose a temporary ban on the import of some U.S. and Canadian beef and pork products as of Feb. 4, amid concerns that they may contain a drug used to make animal muscle more lean, Reuters has reported.
Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service said last week that both countries were continuing to send chilled meat products to Russia that violated its import rules that require such proteins be free of residues from the feed additive ractopamine....More
On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled two new proposed food safety rules, one aimed at food makers and the other at the produce industry, that are part of implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, University of Minnesota.
The FDA posted the rules Friday in the Federal Register and asked for public comments by May 16, which it will take into account before issuing final rules....More
Following is a blog from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recounting the accomplishments of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2012.
“Over the course of 2012, farm families and rural communities faced a number of challenges. A record drought impacted much of the country and many were impacted by a major hurricane, flooding and severe storms. However, thanks to the resilience of rural Americans, our communities are still going strong....More
Calling it vital to the U.S. pork industry’s ability to more quickly control and eradicate foreign animal diseases and keep export markets open, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for issuing a final rule to implement a national animal identification system....More
Late last week, Russia announced it is going ahead with restrictions on U.S. pork containing the feed additive ractopamine, despite the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it as a safe feed additive years ago....More