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A meaty question. Who should regulate kosher and halal food?

February 9, 2013 9:37 am3 comments
A meaty question. Who should regulate kosher and halal food?

Few Western countries have laws explicitly regulating kosher or halal products—chiefly meat produced by the ritual slaughter of animals, subject to particular standards of health or hygiene. Governments prefer to rely on private companies and market forces to do the job.   KEEPING the government’s nose out of anything with […]

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SGS Food Traceability Training

January 15, 2013 7:45 am0 comments
SGS Food Traceability Training

Food Traceability Training   Speaker: SGS United States   SGS’s food traceability training services ensure that your employees have the appropriate knowledge of traceability and product recall procedures. This is vital, since a robust food traceability system ensures compliance with food traceability regulations and reinforces the integrity and reputation of […]

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FSMA Two Years After Enactment: It Has Not Yet Had Its Predicted Effect On Industry, But It Will

January 4, 2013 8:55 am0 comments
FSMA Two Years After Enactment: It Has Not Yet Had Its Predicted Effect On Industry, But It Will

US – Two years later, the effect of FSMA on the regulated community has been modest. This is not because FSMA was overhyped. Rather, it is because the most significant regulations are not yet in effect. But important changes are on the way.   On January 4, 2011, the Food […]

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Consumer Demand Impact of Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling

January 3, 2013 7:09 am0 comments
Consumer Demand Impact of Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling

The United States implemented mandatory country of origin labelling (MCOOL) which became effective in March 2009 (USDA AMS, 2009a,b), write Glynn T. Tonsor, Jayson L. Lusk, Ted C. Schroeder, and Mykel R. Taylor in a research paper for Kansas State University.   MCOOL requires grocery retailers to provide country-of-origin labeling […]

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NPPC Praises Animal Traceability Rule

December 27, 2012 9:43 am0 comments
NPPC Praises Animal Traceability Rule

US – Calling it vital to the US pork industry’s ability to more quickly control and eradicate foreign animal diseases and keep export markets open, the National Pork Producers Council has praised the US Department of Agriculture for issuing a final rule to implement a national animal identification system.   […]

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Amendment to Label GE Food Pre-Filed

December 24, 2012 9:34 am0 comments
Amendment to Label GE Food Pre-Filed

NEW MEXICO, US – New Mexico State Senator, Peter Wirth, has pre-filed a proposed amendment to the New Mexico Food Act to require the labelling of genetically engineered (GE) food and feed.   The amendment (SB 18) was drafted with support from the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch […]

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NCBA Statement on Animal Disease Traceability Rule

December 20, 2012 9:19 am0 comments
NCBA Statement on Animal Disease Traceability Rule

WASHINGTON – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Chief Veterinarian Kathy Simmons issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) final animal disease traceability (ADT) rule, which was announced by Secretary Vilsack this afternoon.   “NCBA has been an industry leader […]

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Mandatory COOL Value Negligible at Best

December 12, 2012 9:54 am0 comments
Mandatory COOL Value Negligible at Best

US – The United States’ mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program was back in the news last week as the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced a deadline of 23 May 2013 for compliance after its ruling that the program violates international trade agreements, writes Steve Meyer in his weekly “Market Preview” […]

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The coming of farm-to-fork traceability

November 19, 2012 9:46 am1 comment
The coming of farm-to-fork traceability

Before long, nearly everyone in the food supply chain should have tools to trace products back to the point of origin. It’s the law, and it’s good for business.   Over the summer, cantaloupes tainted by two strains of salmonella entered the food supply chain, killing at least three people […]

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Quality Assurance in US Feedlots

October 6, 2012 8:09 am1 comment
Quality Assurance in US Feedlots

The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) programme is a State and national industry-led effort that provides guidelines to support the production of quality beef. The goal of the program is to raise consumer confidence in beef quality through recommended management techniques and a commitment to quality within segments of the beef […]

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