Food Safety

FDA nixes feed-grade antibiotics

Antibiotics that are “medically important” to humans should not longer be used in animal feed for non-therapeutic purposes, such as growth promotion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in its final Guidance 209 policy. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use in pork production is overblown

Antibiotic use in food-animal production gets a lot of attention, but accuracy doesn’t always follow. To better determine the amount of antibiotics actually used in pork production, a team of researchers investigated the topic and found past estimates excessive. FULL STORY »

FDA implements cephalosporin ban

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) action to prohibit the “extralabel” use of cephalosporin drugs in food-animal production is now in effect. FDA specifically cites cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys, as the “major species of food-producing animals.” FULL STORY »

Commentary: Mistakes, missteps, misunderstandings

Maybe it’s still too early for a post-mortem on lean, finely textured “Dude, it’s beef!” But the litany of errors in positioning and promoting the product would fill a how-not-to-do-it marketing manual. FULL STORY »

Commentary: You thought ‘swine flu’ was bad

When I heard the term “pink slime” my first reaction was— “What the heck is that?” My second reaction to “pink slime” was—“Ouch; that label is going to leave a mark. FULL STORY »

Veterinarians speak out on antibiotic use in animal agriculture

Nearly a week has passed since a federal judge in New York ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must start taking action on certain antibiotic usage in animal agriculture. As the dust clears, and evaluations have taken place, veterinarians associated with food-animal production are speaking up. FULL STORY »

Judge’s ruling requires action on food-animal antibiotics use

Late last week, a federal judge in New York ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must start proceedings to remove certain subtherapeutic antibiotics applications for food-animals, until drug makers can prove a product’s safety. If they can't prove safety, then FDA must withdraw the approval for use of those drugs, the judge ruled. FULL STORY »

Taiwan may allow beef fed ractopamine, but not pork

Taiwan’s cabinet officials announced this week that they plan to lift the ban on most U.S. beef products from animals that have received ractopamine. U.S. pork was not included in the decision. FULL STORY »

Ag Day dialogue to address future of food and farming

On March 7, ahead of Ag Day, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will present a live-streaming, on-line discussion about the future of food and farming. FULL STORY »

PORK 101 session set for May 22-24

The PORK 101 educational session for 2012 will take place on May 22-24 at Texas A&M University. The three-day course is presented by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) and the National Pork Board (NPB). FULL STORY »

Food companies prioritize food safety, consumers want more

While food manufacturers across the globe say product safety is a top business priority, consumers say they can to better to earn their confidence, according to a new by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). FULL STORY »

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