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CME: Canada, Mexico Critical for US Beef, Pork Shipments

March 14, 2013 7:07 am0 comments
CME: Canada, Mexico Critical for US Beef, Pork Shipments

The reaction of Canada’s government to USDA’s proposed “fix” for mandatory country-of-origin labeling was predictable and swift, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.   Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz stated, among other things, that Canada was “extremely disappointed with the proposed regulatory changes” and that Canada would consider all options, […]

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USDA Proposes Rule to Amend Labeling Under COOL

March 11, 2013 5:34 am0 comments
USDA Proposes Rule to Amend Labeling Under COOL

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a proposed modification to the rules required for the labeling of muscle cut commodities covered under the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program, writes Sarah Mikesell, 5m senior editor.   Under the proposed rule, origin designations for animals slaughtered in the US […]

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NCBA Statement on USDA’s Proposed Amendment to Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Rule

March 8, 2013 7:19 am0 comments
NCBA Statement on USDA’s Proposed Amendment to Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Rule

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Scott George, a cattleman from Cody Wyo., issued the following statement regarding the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed amendment to the mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule:   “NCBA has maintained that there is no regulatory fix that can be put […]

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GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in U.S. Congress

February 20, 2013 11:00 am0 comments
GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in U.S. Congress

Today Colorado’s Jared Polis will announce, outside a reborn organic retail store in Boulder, that he is introducing a federal bill in Congress to mandate the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms in all 50 states.   And next Tuesday, the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee will […]

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USDA Sets Organic Livestock Standards

February 15, 2013 8:06 am0 comments
USDA Sets Organic Livestock Standards

US – Organic certification verifies that livestock are raised according to the USDA organic regulations throughout their lives.   Like other organic products, organic livestock must be: Organic livestock standards Farmers and ranchers must accommodate the health and natural behavior of their animals year-round. For example, organic livestock must be: […]

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NFU Releases Analysis on COOL Compliance

February 13, 2013 8:56 am0 comments
NFU Releases Analysis on COOL Compliance

US – National Farmers Union (NFU) and the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA), have released a legal analysis that details the available options for successful US compliance of a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on County-of-Origin labeling (COOL).   “The comprehensive legal analysis demonstrates that the USDA can come […]

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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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