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WTO Rules Against Country-of-Origin Labeling on Meat in U.S.

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico in an ongoing dispute with the United States over country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat. The latest U.S. labeling rules, put into effect in 2013, require meat sold in grocery stores to indicate the country, or countries, where the animal was born, raised and… Continue Reading

Montana’s Jon Tester Puts Some Meat on His Plate

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To his potatoes, Jon Tester has added some meat. The junior senator from Montana chose to share his thoughts on most of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s current meat and poultry agenda in a letter released on the eve of the announcement that the under secretary for food safety is leaving. Sen. Tester in 2010… Continue Reading

Advances in Animal Agriculture Help to Feed the World

Opinion

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James Andrews recently had a very well-written piece on Food Safety News covering the press conference held by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CFL) regarding the Pew Commission report written five years ago. It was well-written and well-researched, but that does not mean I agree with all the comments made. The CFL… Continue Reading

Meat & Livestock Industries Say COOL Rules Go Too Far

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“Consumer curiosity” is not enough of a reason to expand the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law to include a requirement for companies to detail where various production steps occurred. And since no food safety, public health benefits or any other substantial government interest is involved, the COOL regulations will violate the constitutional protection from… Continue Reading

Risky Meat, Missed Opportunity

Opinion

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Will knowing which foods are most likely to cause severe foodborne illness increase consumer and industry vigilance? “Risky Meat,” Center for Science and the Public Interest’s (CSPI) April 23 report stated this as their goal, but they miss an opportunity to offer guidance that could really make a difference. “Risky Meat,” written by Sarah Klein… Continue Reading

Professor Pennington Speaks Out on Meat, Greens and Spoilage

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Professor Hugh Pennington, best known for his independent inquiry into the 2005 E. coli outbreak in Wales involving school children, is again stirring the food safety pot from his emeritus post at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.  With Europe moving from one food-related scandal to another, Pennington has been doing one media interview after… Continue Reading

Missouri Bill Introduced to Require GM Fish and Meat Labeling

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A state Senator from St. Louis has introduced a bill requiring the labeling of genetically modified meat and fish in Missouri. State Sen. Jemilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) introduced Senate Bill 155 this week. “While I understand that food production is an integral Missouri industry, I don’t feel the trend of biotechnology and genetically engineered foods is… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: USDA Drops Ball on Foreign Meat Safety

Opinion

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We practice at least two types of journalism here. Mostly we do daily journalism, finding out what we can and bringing it to you in the same news cycle. We are also are able to do some investigative reporting, also known as enterprise journalism, that requires more time to produce. Usually, the subject of investigative… Continue Reading

Major Meat Processors Survive Sandy Intact

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Major meat processors on the east coast weathered the worst of Hurricane Sandy on Monday without many complications, trade publication Meatingplace reported Tuesday. Overall, the five processors contacted by Meatingplace reported little more than temporary closures at plants over concern for employee safety. Some deliveries to northeast locations have been delayed, however. The facilities of… Continue Reading

Ohio First State to Gain Interstate Approval for Small, Local Meat Plants

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Ohio this week became the first state to gain approval to sell meat from small, state-inspected slaughterhouses across state lines — a critical step toward rebuilding processing infrastructure for small-scale, regional meat and poultry producers. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan announced the news Thursday at a local foods conference hosted by Senator Sherrod Brown… Continue Reading