NMPF Thanks Governor for Vetoing Raw Milk Bill

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Dairy, Food, food safety, Milk, National Milk

The National Milk Producers Federation thanked West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for vetoing legislation allowing consumers to obtain unpasteurized milk through herd-shares, or arrangements under which they become part owners of a dairy cow. Tomblin said the bill posed “a serious risk to public health.” “The link between consuming raw milk and foodborne illness has been well-documented, with evidence … Read More

FDA Reviews Animal Food Ingredient Definitions

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Food, food safety, Nutrition

In order to increase transparency and instill the importance of a safe animal food supply, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has implemented a strategy to create ingredient definitions and standards for animal food. As part of the strategy, the FDA will review the list of animal food ingredient definitions used by industry and state regulators, which is contained in … Read More

Animal Pathogen Detection at QIAGEN

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, Audio, Food, food safety, IPPE

QIAGEN’s Farm to Fork event at the recent International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) brought attendees together to learn more about novel molecular tools for animal pathogen and food quality testing in labs. Dr. Carsten Schroeder, QIAGEN’s Director of Market Development Veterinary Applications, was there and explained a little more about QIAGEN’s plans for global expansion. “QIAGEN is well-known across … Read More

Proposal Would Move Meat Inspection to HHS

Cindy ZimmermanAudio, food safety, Government, Meat, usda

President Obama’s proposed budget would combine USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other agencies’ efforts into a single agency under Health and Human Services (HHS). The proposal would primarily impact the meat inspection program which would be combined with other food safety responsibilities. On Monday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spent much of a … Read More

Food Safety Modernization Act Seminar Added to IPPE

John DavisAg Group, Agribusiness, food safety, IPPE

Organizers of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) taking place Jan. 27-29, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, have added a one-day Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) seminar to the program. The Phase I “Food Safety Modernization Act – Building a Foundation for Compliance” course being held on Jan. 28 is designed to educate and update feed and pet food manufacturers … Read More

How to Understand Tomorrow's Consumer

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food, food safety, Hereford, Marketing, NCBA

The most important element in the chain of the beef industry is obviously the consumers. That is why it is imperative that we understand them. Sounds simple, right? Not always, because we have such a diverse array of consumers. The American Hereford Association brought in two experts to talk to producers about six thought starters to help us all understand … Read More

NMPF Smacks Sugar Focus of FDA Food Labeling

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, food safety, National Milk

The National Milk Producers Federation has soured on efforts by the Food and Drug Administration to devote attention to regulating the names of certain types of sugar, while at the same time the agency is ignoring the misuse of dairy-specific names in foods with no milk content. In a letter sent today as part of an FDA request for comments, … Read More

USDA's Info. Center

News Editorfood safety

For a one-stop-shop on information regarding the BSE or “mad cow” case, make sure to visit USDA’s BSE Info Center.

Dairy Forum Focuses on Antibiotics and Residues

Cindy ZimmermanAudio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, food safety

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board Dairy Producer Forum at the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville featured Dr. Michael Apley, Veterinarian at Kansas State University who focused on concerns about antibiotic resistance and residues in culled dairy cows and veal calves and what can be done to get rid of them. “One of the unique things about dairy cattle is a … Read More