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FSIS Posts List of Outlets in WA, AK, OR Where Recalled Whole Hogs Were Sent


USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted a distribution list of 60 retail and distribution outlets in Washington state, Alaska, and Oregon which received whole hogs from Kapowsin Meats of Graham, WA. The product has been linked to a Salmonella outbreak that, as of Aug. 13, had sickened 134 people in WA and… Continue Reading

New Book Explores Food Safety and the True Cost of Cheap Meat

'The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food,' by Ted Genoways


Reading “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food,” a new book from journalist Ted Genoways, one begins to wonder who is treated better: the millions of hogs consumed in America each year, or the people who work on the farms and in the factories that breed and slaughter them. The easiest conclusion… Continue Reading

Nonprofits Sue FDA Claiming Agency Hasn’t Proven Safety of Animal Growth Drug


A trio of food safety and environmental advocacy groups Thursday filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saying the agency has not sufficiently proven that ractopamine, a drug fed to pigs, cattle and turkey, is safe for animals, humans who eat them, or the environment. Ractopamine, a beta-agonist, increases the rate at which… Continue Reading

Denmark Sees Small Increase in Animal Antibiotic Use


Denmark’s latest numbers on the country’s antimicrobial use and resistance are in. The total consumption of antimicrobial agents by the country’s animals in 2013 was about 128 tons — a 4-percent increase over the previous year. According to the new DANMAP (Danish Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring and Research Program) report, the increase is mainly attributed to… Continue Reading

Virus Scare Causes Russia to Suspend U.S. Pig Imports


Concerned over the spread of of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in U.S. pig populations, Russia announced last week it was suspending U.S. imports of live pigs effective May 30, Reuters reports. The disease has already killed roughly 10 percent of the U.S. pig population and is reportedly spreading across other countries such as Mexico, Canada, China… Continue Reading

NYT Editorial Weighs in on USDA IG Report on Pig Slaughter


The New York Times editorial board on Monday weighed in on a U.S. Department of Agriculture Inspector General report on pig slaughter, a month after the report was issued. “In the United States, there are some 8,600 federal meat inspectors working in 6,300 packing and processing plants. Their task is daunting: visual and manual inspection… Continue Reading

More Than 13,000 Dead Pigs Turn Up in Shanghai Waters


More than 13,000 dead pigs have been fished out of rivers in and near Shanghai, renewing concerns about animal disease and water safety in China, according to the South China Morning Post. The paper reported that among those carcasses found, 9,500 of them were retrieved from the Huangpu River, which is a major source of… Continue Reading

China: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found in Pig Manure


Manure from Chinese pig farms contains both antibiotic residues and high concentrations of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, a new study published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study adds to evidence that antibiotics used by China’s pork producers pose health risks. The study, led by the Chinese Academy… Continue Reading

Mandatory Pig Traceability Coming Soon to Canada

Traceability is soon going to be a requirement for pigs raised for slaughter in Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has written new regulations designed to require pork producers to identify all farmed pigs and farmed wild boars using approved methods and to record and report all movements of pigs from birth or import to… Continue Reading