Top Stories for Dec. 11
EU declares Irish pork safe
Media reports said the European Union’s food experts in
The agency reportedly said even if someone had eaten Irish pork every day since Sept. 1 it would present "no concern" to future health.
The Irish government and the country’s pork processors are now arguing over who should pay for losses in the recall, estimated to range from $130 million to $650 million. Half of the three million hogs processed in
Source: Associated Press
USDA sees no systemic failure at Hallmark plant
“We determined that there were deliberate actions by Hallmark personnel to bypass required inspections, as well as noncompliance with required inspection procedures by Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in-plant staff,” the report said.
By contrast, the larger review of 10 cull cow slaughter plants found no evidence of systemic inhumane handling incidents, though OIG reportedly said that there may be an “inherent vulnerability” in the system because FSIS does not provide continuous surveillance of all operating areas at all times.
OIG expressed concern that FSIS cannot demonstrate that the resources assigned to its offline inspection activities are sufficient to adequately perform the tasks assigned. OIG also said that FSIS does not have a system to ensure that its inspection and supervisory staff receive both the formal and on-the-job training they need to do their jobs effectively.
FSIS reportedly said it will complete an analysis by August 2009 and that analysis may result in more frequent humane handling verification visits to cull cow plants.
A video alleging abuse at the Hallmark plant sparked nationwide controversy and a national recall of beef products, mostly from school systems. The two workers seen in the video have since plead guilty and been sentenced.
The full report can be read at www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/24601-07-KC.pdf.
Source: American Meat Institute
KFC plans grilled chicken rollout
The company reportedly made the announcement during an investment conference in
The company told media and investors it expected 15 percent growth in
It also predicted continued strong growth in its international business, led by its
Source: Associated Press
'Cattlemen to Cattlemen' celebrates 100 episodes
“We’re so excited about what NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen has been able to accomplish in terms of both informing and educating producers,” says Andy Groseta, NCBA president. “It gives producers a very visual and personal look at a wide variety of production and marketing issues.”
The program appears on RFD-TV, debuting on each Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern and repeating on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday at midnight.
The anniversary episode will look at stories from the program’s first two years and current news in the beef industry.
Source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association