Bringing perspective to the regulations and legislation that affects the industry.


Regulations & Legislation

Antibiotic resistance: the up-and-coming issue

Whether the use of antibiotics in animal production is responsible, in whole or in part, for the increased prevalence of antibiotic-resistant strains of pathogens in food is definitely a hard and controversial topic.
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Regulations & Legislation

Implementation of FSIS traceback and recall procedures

On Aug. 13, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a Notice in the Federal Register titled “Implementation of FSIS Traceback and Recall Procedures for Escherichia coli O157:H7 Positive Raw Beef Product.”
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Regulations & Legislation

FSIS clarifies, expands sampling eligibility for raw beef products

On Aug. 13, 2014, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued Notice 39-14 titled: “Clarification and Expansion of Sampling Eligibility Criteria for the Routine Beef Manufacturing Trimmings (MT60) and Bench Trim (MT55) Sampling Programs”
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Grass Roots Lobbying: How to have a voice for the industry in Washington D.C.

Establishing a personal relationship with representatives is a simple step that could have a big impact.
For years, the North American Meat Association has held an annual Washington Conference, where attendees travel to Washington D.C. to meet with USDA officials as well as their Congressional representatives.
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Regulations & Legislation

FSIS proposes mandating grinding logs at establishments, retailers

FSIS has issued a proposed rule titled “Records to be Kept by Official Establishments and Retail Stores that Grind Raw Beef Products.”
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Regulations & Legislation

The steps from outbreak to investigation to recall

Regrettably, summertime can include a foodborne illness outbreak (and a well-publicized recall) involving meat or poultry.
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Is it time to reconsider global regulations for food-grade lubricants?

Since 1998, food-grade lubricants haven’t been regulated by any government body
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Regulations & Legislation

Are you prepared for an FSIS compliance visit?

Last month, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reissued seven directives relating to FSIS surveillance, investigation and enforcement activities
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Regulations & Legislation

Industry disappoints on CDC’s 2013 foodborne illness report

On April 17, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its annual report: Incidence and Trends of Infections with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food
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Regulations & Legislation

Pathogen subtyping: methods and uses

Recently, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a white paper titled: “Current and Future Development and Use of Molecular Subtyping by USDA-FSIS.”
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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


November 2014

The November issue of NP features a cover story on Phillips Foods (and a special online video: Q&A with Steve Phillips), a feature on breakfast proteins, the 2014 Consumer Trends Report, and so much more!

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Independent Processor

October 2014 IP cover

October 2014

Check out the October 2014 issue of Independent Processor, with features on private labels, and the newest bacon trends!

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The National Provisioner Source Book

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