Pork Board Announces Secure Pork Supply Plan

kelly marshall

The National Pork Board, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has announced a new program at the World Pork Expo.  The Secure Pork Supply Plan is a voluntary program designed to support American farmers during a foreign animal disease outbreak. “The plan basically impacts producers in providing a mechanism for them to be able to differentiate themselves in …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, food safety, Pork

USDA Provides Further Food Safety Info to Consumers

Jamie Johansen

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it is increasing the delivery of safe food handling and preparation information by expanding the hours of its Meat and Poultry Hotline and Ask Karen chat services. FSIS’ Meat and Poultry Hotline has been educating consumers since 1985. The toll-free telephone service assists in the prevention of foodborne illnesses by …

Ag Group, Food, food safety, Meat, Poultry

Global Survey Says Confusion in Food Labeling is High

Jamie Johansen

A new global survey sponsored by the Enough Movement finds families are confused with food labels because of the conflicting sources of information about food and nutrition. Key findings showed that people across the globe care about what goes in their food and on their tables, but even the most diligent consumer admitted they don’t really know the meaning of …

Ag Group, Food, food safety, Nutrition

No Tainted Brazilian Meat Entered U.S., Yet Still Re-Inspecting

Jamie Johansen

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that while none of the slaughter or processing facilities implicated in the Brazilian scandal have shipped meat products to the U.S., they are still taking extra steps to keep food supply safe. FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products from Brazil upon hearing …

Ag Group, Food, food safety, Imports, Meat, usda

We All Want Safe Food – Food Safety Rule Challenges

Jamie Johansen

Bob Ehart, senior policy and science advisor with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), spoke to farmers and ranchers during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). NASDA and AFBF simply want to ensure farmers have the tools needed to meet these …

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Cargill Donates $3 Million To Feeding America

Lizzy Schultz

Feeding America has received a $3 million grant from Cargill to help provide children and families with nutrition solutions over the next three years. The gift will help food banks to increase access for families to fruits and vegetables. The grant will also help fund nutrition education services through an investment in a diabetes prevention pilot program and funding food …

Agribusiness, Cargill, Company Announcement, Food, food safety

Obama Promotes Antibiotic Myths In Bill Maher Interview

Lizzy Schultz

Agricultural interests are concerned about several comments made by President Barack Obama in an interview that discussed antibiotic use in animals on HBO’s Realtime with Bill Maher last week. While the President emphasized the value of science-based policies in the interview, several of his statements lack science-based supporting evidence and suggest a misunderstanding of the current policies enforced by the …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, food safety, Government, Policy, Video

Kane Beef Launches “Quality is Our Culture”

Lizzy Schultz

Kane Beef of Corpus Christi, Texas has announced the recent launch of “Quality is our Culture,” a new company wide initiative that aligns with its commitment to quality innovations and furthering corporate objectives. The initiative was launched at the company’s quarterly leadership summit, and has since been embraced by all 725 associates of the company. The company also forecasts substantial …

Agribusiness, Beef, Company Announcement, Food, food safety

Cargill Survey on U.S., Brazilian Consumers & Beef

Jamie Johansen

Cargill surveys comparing consumer attitudes in the two largest beef-producing countries – the United States and Brazil – reveals several important trends in purchasing preference that are influenced by how beef is raised and fed. Cargill Animal Nutrition’s ‘Feed for Thought’ survey of more than 2,000 people in the U.S. and Brazil, found that the majority of U.S. consumers (54 …

Agribusiness, Antibiotics, Beef, Cargill, consumer, Food, food safety, Nutrition

FDA Extends Certain FSMA Compliance Dates

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward with implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, with the first major compliance dates beginning next month for large food facilities. While the major provisions of the FSMA rules are being implemented as planned, the FDA issued a final rule that extends and clarifies the compliance dates for certain provisions …

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