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Catch the 2013 — NAMI’s guidelines still right on target

Opinion

So what’s the gold standard guideline on how to humanely handle feed animals in 2017? North American Meat Institute’s (NAMI), 2013 Guidelines. Next question, please. You can credit, as does NAMI, the “2013” to that innovate Colorado Professor who delights audiences with her speeches by always making pure sense and logic — seem so trivial…. Continue Reading

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Linked to Missouri Slaughter Plant Suspended by FSIS

Update: Rain Crow Ranch, the Doniphan, MO, cattle operation which owns a nearby beef processing facility recently shut down by the federal government for humane handling violations, is being sued in connection with a 2014 E. coli death. According to an Aug. 17, 2015, Massachusetts newspaper report, a Braintree, MA, couple is suing Rain Crow Ranch and Whole Foods Market, claiming… Continue Reading

Animal-Welfare Audits: A Strategic Move for Meat Processors

Opinion

With today’s average consumer three to four generations removed from the farm or ranch, resulting market forces regarding animal care move the burden of proof downstream from the producer to the meat-processing plant. The requirement to implement internal policies that document and audit commercial practices with regard to animal welfare now resides with plant operators…. Continue Reading

Worker Fired, But Undercover Pig Farm Video Not Enough for Criminal Charges

A “food fight” over allegations of possible inhumane animal treatment broke out in Minneapolis on Tuesday. On one side is the pig-raising Rosewood Farms at Pipestone, MN, which just happens to be owned by Randy Spronk, current president of the National Pork Producers Council. On the other side is a group of activist vegetarians called… Continue Reading

FSIS Issues Guidance for a Systematic Approach to Humane Livestock Handling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) issued compliance guidelines for a systematic approach to humane handling of livestock on Wednesday. A systematic approach is a comprehensive method of evaluating how livestock enter and move through an establishment and focuses on treating livestock so as to minimize excitement, discomfort, and accidental injury…. Continue Reading