International commission sets ractopamine standards

At its annual meeting being held July 2-7 in Rome, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which was established by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote food safety and fair practices in trade, adopted science-based standards for ractopamine. Specifically, on Thursday the commission adopted Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pig and cattle muscle, fat, liver and kidney. FULL STORY »

WTO maintains stance against U.S. COOL law

In a finding announced Friday, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has upheld the finding of a WTO dispute panel that the U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law is inconsistent with the U.S. WTO obligations. FULL STORY »

Alltech's 2012 symposium is in the iBooks

The Alltech 28th Annual International Symposium was a venue for close to 3,000 delegates from around the world to discuss the future of agriculture and the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. FULL STORY »

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Dr. Gawain Willis, director of nutritional services, Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, points out that improvements in sow genetics over the past five years have resulted in a total increase of around 2.5 pigs per sow per year, or about a half pig per year. FULL STORY »

Website focuses on producer profitability

Producing pigs profitably is an ever increasing challenge, especially in such a volatile yet regulated environment. A new website has been developed to help producers successfully navigate issues arising from such challenges. FULL STORY »

Minnesota Nutrition Conference, Sept. 18-19

The 73rd Minnesota Nutrition Conference will provide a forum for feed industry professionals to update their knowledge of beef, dairy, poultry, swine and equine nutrition. Speakers will share the latest concepts in livestock feeding. FULL STORY »

NPB presents PORK Academy at WPX

PORK Academy is a series of World Pork Expo (WPX) seminars designed to provide information to pork producers about current industry needs and challenges. Industry experts cover a variety of topics, such as herd health, pork exports, transport bedding, economic outlooks and much more. FULL STORY »

FSIS streamlines food safety review process

The Label Submission Approval System (LSAS) will make it possible for food manufacturers to submit label applications electronically and will flag application submission errors that could delay the approval process. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic residues in DDGS pose little risk

Bacterial contamination during the fermentation step of ethanol production can be a challenge and can reduce the yield by 1 percent to 5 percent, according to research estimates. Antibiotics are used to manage the problem, but are there other concerns? FULL STORY »

New program sets course for 30 PSY

Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC has rolled out a new industry initiative – the “Feeding for 30 Program,” as part of its ongoing commitment to animal nutrition. The program builds on the industry goal of achieving 30 pigs per sow per year (PSY). FULL STORY »

CJ Bio America to start construction in Iowa

CJ Bio America, a South Korean company, will celebrate the start of construction on its $320 million amino acid plant, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The plant is expected to create more than 170 jobs in central Iowa by 2014. FULL STORY »

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