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Deal on: USDA gives green light to China’s poultry inspections

Audit released is for processing, not slaughter

The “our beef for your chicken deal” hatched by President Donald Trump with the People’s Republic of China last May appears to be on track. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday quietly released the final audit report showing China’s  inspection system for poultry processing is equivalent to U.S. systems and standards. An onsite review was… Continue Reading

Farm Bill: No Repeal of Country-of-Origin Labeling

Livestock groups are expressing disappointment that “a fix” to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) was not included in the final farm bill and warning that they plan to actively oppose its passage through Congress. “COOL is a broken program that has only added costs to our industries without any measurable benefit for America’s livestock producers,” read a… 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

Pork Industry Takes Aim at Bittman’s New Column

The pork industry is taking issue with Mark Bittman’s inaugural New York Times food opinion column, “A Food Manifesto for the Future.” In a letter to the editor published Tuesday, Randy Spronk, chairman of the National Pork Producers Council’s environment committee, said the industry disagreed with Bittman’s call to outlaw concentrated animal feed operations and… Continue Reading

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Antibiotics in Ag

The federal government may be a step closer toward banning–or severely limiting–the subtherapeutic use of antibiotics in animal agriculture in the interest of public health. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance Monday “intended to help reduce the development of resistance to medically important antimicrobial drugs” that are widely used in food… Continue Reading