Food Safety

Antibiotic debate gets new life

While it never really went away, the debate surrounding antibiotic use in food-animals is getting renewed attention. The recent recall involving ground turkey and a University of Maryland study on organic chicken are among the recent news items that are breathing new life into the issue. FULL STORY »

GMO food labeling march set for October

A coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals are planning to raise awareness and pressure the U.S. government about the lack of labeling of Genetically Engineered foods "people unknowingly consume." They've organized a Right2Know march from New York to Washington, D.C. FULL STORY »

Retailers pledge to expand into food deserts

Supervalu, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and other retailers are teaming up with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, have pledged to open or expand more than 1,500 stores in communities that don’t have access to “healthy foods." FULL STORY »

FSIS identifies penicillin residues in culled sows

USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service reports that several penicillin G violative residues have surfaced in culled sows brought to market. The American Association of Swine Veterinarians provides insight and advice. FULL STORY »

Check out AHI’s new website

As a leading resource on animal health, AHI’s new site now features even more information and resources on the primary types of animal medicines, as well as an extensive section on the animal drug regulatory process and issues impacting the sector. FULL STORY »

Court to review rules on slaughter of downed pigs

The Supreme Court will decide whether the state of California can block the slaughter of non-ambulatory pigs. The high court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from the National Meat Association. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: New food safety regulations will impact us on the farm

On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This legislation gives FDA new responsibilities and powers in the prevention of food safety risks to American consumers. FULL STORY »

Europe’s E. coli outbreak puts U.S. meat under greater scrutiny

E. coli illnesses linked to a strain of the bacteria often found in tainted ground beef have dropped “substantially” in recent years, U.S. food regulators said, but the country’s meat industry may face heighted government scrutiny as a deadly outbreak in Germany raises concern over other types of pathogens. FULL STORY »

AVMA committee to advise FDA on antimicrobial issues

The American Veterinary Medical Association has established a committee to collaborate with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on issues associated with veterinary oversight of antimicrobials. The pork industry will be represented, as Paul Ruen, DVM, past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, is one of five veterinarians selected to serve on the committee. FULL STORY »

Epidemiologist uncovers MSRA-study shortcomings

Dr. Guy Loneragan, an epidemiologist and Professor of Food Safety and Public Health and at Texas Tech University, speaks with AgriTalk radio to point out the inadequacies of a study by the Pew Charitable Trust on meat safety. FULL STORY »

New Jersey Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible Adulteration

One Great Burger, an Elizabeth, N.J., establishment, is recalling approximately 226,400 pounds of ground beef products that may have become spoiled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. FULL STORY »

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