The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has amended its regulations so that it can fine meat processors for violations of food safety programs such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and non-food safety issues such as labeling and consumer protection. The new Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) apply to 84 provisions of the Meat Inspection…

When your company’s reputation for all-natural, premium-quality products is 100 years old and the nation’s top chefs comprise your major market, each day’s production has a rather high bar to meet. Mike Satzow, the third-generation owner of North Country Smokehouse, Claremont, N.H., knows not only where that bar is set, but the factors that could…

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…

The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization on Friday ruled that U.S. country-of-origin labeling laws (COOL) discriminated against meat importers such as Canada and Mexico, but that U.S. consumers also have the right to know information on their food’s origin. The ruling will require the U.S. to amend its labeling laws to not be…

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, which works to expand small-scale meat processing, will host a free webinar Feb. 1 on microbiology basics.

The webinar will delve into N-60 sampling, multi-drug resistance, non-O157 STECs and multi-drug resistant Salmonella strains, according to Meatingplace (subscription only), an industry publication.

“If you’re a meat processor, you pretty much …