Food Safety

Animal Traceability Rule comments end; awaiting the next step

USDA’s comment period for the proposed national livestock identification program came to a close on Dec. 9. NPPC supports a mandatory traceability program and submitted comments on behalf of the Swine Identification Implementation Task Force. FULL STORY »

USDA awards food-safety grants

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan visited Michigan State University today to announce that USDA has awarded 17 grants to improve the safety of the food supply in the United States. FULL STORY »

Symposium to build a communication bridge for food, agriculture

Is it possible to find common ground among colliding beliefs surrounding food and agriculture? Business leaders, media, non-profit organizations, and academia will meet at in Champaign, Ill., on Feb. 17 for this first international agricultural communications symposium. FULL STORY »

A deeper look at antibiotic use in food animals

There is no shortage of opinions regarding antibiotic use in food-animal production. However, scientific facts are harder to come by. To bridge that gap, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) released a White Paper, summarizing presentations and more from its "Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for Common Purpose" symposium held this fall. FULL STORY »

New tool for 2012 meat judging teams

CEV Multimedia has launched the new Meat Science & Food Safety PowerPoint, the approved resource for the National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE written exam. FULL STORY »

Rep. Slaughter challenges FDA on antibiotic inaction

It’s no secret that Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) is on a dedicated mission to change the way Americans use antibiotics, particularly involving farm animals. This week, she sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, criticizing the agency's inaction. FULL STORY »

Swine disease management sets a good example

Livestock production today is efficient and for the most part conducted under the best management available, including close relationships with veterinarians. FULL STORY »

What do consumers think of today’s farmers?

For the past five years now the Center for Food Integrity has surveyed consumers to get a perspective of what they think about their food supply and the people who raise it. The year’s contribution, the 2011 Consumer Trust in the Food System, showed that consumers fear that U.S. farmers are placing profit ahead of principle. FULL STORY »

Discovery Networks will feature farmer/rancher videos

Real farmers and ranchers will be telling their stories in the weeks ahead to help Americans learn more about how food is grown and raised. The effort includes documentary-style videos that will begin airing across the Discovery Communications’ networks. FULL STORY »

Billboards equate meat with cigarettes

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has been putting up billboards which send the message that eating hot dogs and bacon cause cancer and are equal to smoking cigarettes. FULL STORY »

USDA accepting comments on substances for organic ag

USDA has is accepting comments on a proposed rule published today that addresses the use of three substances in organic agriculture: tetracycline, formic acid and attapulgite. FULL STORY »

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