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U.S./South Korea FTA begins March 15

After five years of negotiations, inside and outside of the United States, the U.S. and South Korea Free-trade agreement (FTA), has completed the last step in its approval process. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced on Tuesday, that the KORUS FTA will be implemented on March 15. FULL STORY »

Pork groups respond to McDonald’s gestation-stall policy

McDonald's Corp. has announced that it will develop a plan to transition its pork supply away from farmers who use conventional gestation-sow stalls. Both the National Pork Board (NPB) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offered a response. FULL STORY »

UEP: Consumers support federal egg-housing bill

American consumers support the proposed federal legislation standardizing housing for laying hens, according to a study commissioned by United Egg Producers (UEP). UEP joined the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) last week in presenting Congress with a bill that, if passed, would create the first federal standards of farm-animal housing. FULL STORY »

NPPC comments on latest HSUS tactics

In response to the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) release of an undercover video associated with Seaboard Foods’ and Prestage Farms’ gestation-sow stall housing practices, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has released a statement. FULL STORY »

HSUS targets Seaboard, Prestage and Wal-Mart

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released an undercover video taken at two swine systems near Goodwell, Okla.-- Seaboard Foods’ and Prestage Farms’ breeding and gestation facilities. HSUS also filed complaints with the U.S. Securities and Exchange and Federal Trade Commission involving statements on Seaboard’s website. FULL STORY »

Federal laying-hen housing bill ruffles feathers

On Monday, federal legislation called “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012” (H.R. 3798), was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. But not everyone supports the move. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) criticized congressional legislation, saying it would set a “dangerous precedent.” FULL STORY »

U.S. Supreme Court overturns ‘downer’ slaughter law

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled against a California law that bans the slaughter of all non-ambulatory animals. The case was known as National Meat Association v. Harris, and included all non-ambulatory livestock— but specifically addressed fatigued hogs. FULL STORY »

Iowa Pork Congress offers a range of seminars

At this year’s Iowa Pork Congress, set for Jan. 25-26, attendees will be able to select from a wide-range of educational and instructional opportunities. Along with seminars, training and certification sessions have been scheduled during the two-day show. FULL STORY »

Pork and auto issues muddy the TPP waters

Attention surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact is heating up. Last week, Detroit's Big Three automakers came out in opposition to allowing Japan to enter the TPP trade talks, meanwhile, the U.S. pork industry is very interested in bringing Japan into the mix. FULL STORY »

Nonambulatory livestock slaughter bill resurfaces

For yet the fifth time, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), has introduced legislation to ban all nonambulatory livestock from entering the food system and require that they be euthanized. FULL STORY »

Cephalosporin restrictions get mixed reviews

A flurry of activity related to antimicrobial use in animal agriculture took place in the New Year, starting with U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement to limit extra-label use of certain cephalosporin products in cattle, hogs, chickens and turkeys. It’s getting some mixed, but generally positive reviews. FULL STORY »

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