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Our team of editors and contributors offer thought-provoking opinions, trends, and essential information for the protein-processing industry.
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Farm to Plate: Proposed child-labor rules would destroy family farming

In communities across our nation, no tradition runs deeper from generation to generation than that of working on a family farm. By working alongside their parents, grandparents and neighbors, young people learn important life skills and values — the values of hard work, personal responsibility and perseverance.
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History repeats itself!

It’s hard to fathom that the use of ammonium hydroxide, a technology that has been thoroughly evaluated by regulatory authorities and found to be acceptable for food use, is suddenly under such vicious attack.
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Testing the tester, part 2

In my column last month (“USDA policies drag down processors who ‘test and find’, The National Provisioner, March 2012), I discussed how current FSIS policy (which invariably reacts critically to any positive testing results) discourages companies from aggressively testing to find pathogens in their products.
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Beefing up with protein

Meat processors cannot ignore the fact that non-animal-based protein ingredients are gaining steam in terms of protein content and quality.
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FSIS beef sampling: It’s not all about the non-O157 STEC

The focus by most of us this year has been on implementation of the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) non-O157 STEC sampling, currently scheduled to begin for beef trim on June 4th.
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Who's Your Daddy?

The recent outbreak in Europe of E. coli has, as one would expect, created fears and trepidation in a world of already weary consumers.
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Can an island survive a tsunami?

In recent months and years we all have seen the devastation a tsunami wave can have on an island. On June 16-18, I had the opportunity to attend the American Association of Meat Processors Annual Convention and Suppliers Exposition at the Peppermill Resort and Casino in Reno.
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Anyone can cook

With help For me, as a parent, family movie night means I'm watching one Disney cartoon or another. On the rare occasion when we don't get stuck with some princess movie the girls feel like watching, the parents get to pick out something. Recently, we picked "Ratatouille."

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We did it

Like the proverbial lineman whose number is only called when he commits a penalty, industry seldom gets any accolades for its efforts to produce safe food.
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Only a matter of trust

It seems that the word of the month around The National Provisioner, as well as around my own business travels, is "trust."

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Brenneman analyzes Butterball’s new animal care, well-being program

Rod Brenneman, CEO of Butterball, discusses his company's new Animal Care and Well-Being Program, his company's certification by the American Humane Association and further animal-handling initiatives, all officially announced in September 2013.

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National Provisioner


January 2015

The first NP issue of 2015 features January's cover story: Certified Angus Beef; as well as How to Respond to a Food Crisis, Pep in Poultry’s Step, and so much more!

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Independent Processor


December 2014

The December issue of IP features cover story: A full Haus, Mike Sloan’s award-winning bratwursts draw visitors to the Hermann Wurst Haus by the thousands.

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Vertical Sector Focus: Critical Infrastructures

criticalhomepagethumbFrom terrorism to vandalism, it’s preparedness, response, training and partnerships. Learn about some of the critical security issues facing this sector.

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