American Meat Institute

The new North American Meat Institute (NAMI) will be born right on schedule come New Year’s Day. NAMI is the product of the merger of the 108-year-old American Meat Institute (AMI) and the North American Meat Association (NAMA), with origins dating back to 1942. The merger combines into one the two large meat industry organizations…

The meat industry may still be waiting on the World Trade Organization to make a call on country-of-origin labeling (COOL), but in the meantime they’ve lost another round in their fight against the rule in the D.C. Circuit courts. COOL laws mandate that meat products be labeled to tell where the food animals were born,…

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…

UPDATE: After a two-hour hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said she’ll have a decision on the meat industry’s request for a preliminary injunction within 14 days. Led by the powerful American Meat Institute, most of North America’s meat industry today will be asking a federal court in Washington, D.C., for a…

Manufacturers of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products have “dramatically” improved the safety of their products during the last decade and plan to use what they have learned in battling this pathogen to make further process in the years to come, said American Meat Institute Foundation Chief Scientist Betsy Booren, Ph.D last week. Booren made her…

In 1993, 623 people in the western U.S. fell ill with a little-known bacteria called E. coli O157:H7. Ultimately, four children would die from their infections; many others suffered long-term medical complications. The bug was later traced to undercooked hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants. This outbreak thrust foodborne illness onto the national

This commentary was contributed jointly by John Munsell and Dr. Richard Raymond.

Last week, James H. Hodges, Executive Vice-President at the American Meat Institute (AMI), ostensibly penned an opinion piece for Food Safety News titled “Wrestling  With the Science of STEC”. You can read it here.  But in case you are not inclined …

When it comes to our nation’s Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) policy, some people like to wrestle in the mud.  I like to wrestle with the science.  And the science does not support the need for a new USDA policy, now set to go into effect in June.

  

At AMI, we regularly review microbiological …

“American Meat” is the latest documentary film seeking to be part of the nation’s food debate.   Unlike some that have gone before — “Food Inc.” and “Fast Food Nation” come to mind –“American Meat” appears to be less polemic.

So far it’s only had a few screenings in Iowa, but its own website says …

Sometimes events just run over the best planned lobbying strategy.

Take the American Meat Institute (AMI) for example. Wednesday found it again rolling out what it claims are problems with testing for strains of non-O157:H7 E. coli. That might have been a good tactic to delay regulating those strains, which AMI calls the Sinful Six.…