From Bob Evans Farms: One more reason to like Bob Evans
A press release from Bob Evans Farms, Inc., stated, “Bob Evans Farms, Inc. is committed to the responsible care of animals that are raised to provide food products for our customers.”
It went on to talk about the expectations of consumers on food quality, food safety and the well-being of animals and the recognition that challenges exist with respect to sow housing.
Bob Evans Farms, Inc. wants valid verification and is using academic research and scientific research to help it reach a reasonable decision based on facts, not rhetoric. The release states, “Our key learning is this – the single-most critical factor in ensuring animal well-being is not the housing system itself, but rather the animal husbandry practiced by those who care for the sows. Although there is no perfect housing system available, we will remain focused on quality animal care from trained, qualified caretakers and a safe on-farm working environment.”
It’s refreshing to see a food company consider the facts and take in as much information as possible from a variety of sources before stating a position. Many other food companies simply listened to one noisy faction without looking at the validity of their decisions or the accompanying ramifications to farmers.
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From Paul Meers: This is what I think I know
New blog contributor Paul Meers expresses his opinion on a number of topics in his first post:
I understand that the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is under contract but has anyone ever heard of “renegotiate”? Without the present political scare tactics, the FSIS can manage the cutback with reduced floor time over the remainder of the fiscal year. Hog harvest could be discontinued on Friday and Saturday. Anything over 40 hours in the remaining week would be picked up by the harvesting company if they so chose. Line speed and harvest quantity has been and will always be driven by demand and margin, and our industry can live with a shortened harvest week. A full blown furlough will back hogs up for three to six months.
Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (MCOOL)
The new regulations appear to make things more difficult, rather than easier or streamlined, for our trading partners and harvesting companies.. In my opinion, weaned pigs and calves fed 100 percent in the United States should have no COOL stipulations.