Food Safety

USFRA takes Food Dialogues to L.A.

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will head to California on June 20-21, with its Food Dialogues event entitled, “Lights, Camera, Food: Perceptions and Realities of Farming and Ranching in America.” FULL STORY »

Antibiotic changes, an important topic at WPX

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) goal is for food-animal producers to “use less antibiotics,” says Liz Wagstrom, the National Pork Producers Council’s (NPPC) chief veterinarian. As a result, FDA released its Guidance 209 in late April. The antibiotic issue was one of many discussed last week at World Pork Expo (WPX) in Des Moines, Iowa. FULL STORY »

Survey shows food companies need more from animal ag

Food companies want more information from animal agriculture is one of the take-home messages from a recent survey of grocery and restaurant executives, conducted by the Center for Food Integrity (CFI). FULL STORY »

An open letter to Oprah

Dear Oprah: Come to my farm. Visit the land that I’ve worked since I was a boy. See this place so that you’ll never again let bad articles on agriculture tarnish the pages of your magazine or the pixels on your Web site. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Whack a mole is not the answer

Raising, processing, distributing and preparing food involves a complex series of systems. Actions in one sector can have unintended consequences in another. FULL STORY »

NFU encourages judicious use of antibiotics

National Farmers Union Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule discussed antibiotic use in animal agriculture today in a presentation at a national stakeholder meeting hosted by the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics in Washington, D.C. FULL STORY »

Why BSE went so much better than pink slime

When a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was reported by the media last week, the headlines weren’t too bad. “They may even be accused of being fair and accurate,” quipped Janie Gabbett, executive editor of Meatingplace, who addressed the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

USDA states policies protecting consumers from foodborne illness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a series of prevention-based policy measures that will better protect consumers from foodborne illness in meat and poultry products. FULL STORY »

Alltech Symposium to explore future of food

The Alltech 28th Annual International Symposium, May 20 – 23, in Lexington, Ky., will explore the future of food through topics relevant to the entire food chain, from producer to retailer to consumer. FULL STORY »

FDA Plan for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program

Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final Strategic Plan for the Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program (FVM) for 2012-2016. The plan addresses the responsibilities of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Center for Veterinary Medicine while including activities supported by the Office of Regulatory Affairs. FULL STORY »

AVMA responds to FDA antibiotic guidance

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offered a response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final announcement on Guidance 209 regarding subtherapeutic antibiotic use in food-animal production. FULL STORY »

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