"Our hope is that they (Russia) first and foremost recognize the difficulties that this is going to create for the industry in our country and their country and their consumers, and hopefully understand the impact this will have generally on our relationship," said Vilsack, without giving details, Reuters reports.
A team of U.S. technical experts was due in Russia around January 17 to discuss the ban, which was caused by Russia's ban on chlorine as an anti-microbial treatment for poultry. The U.S.'s stance is that the treatment is scientifically proven to be a safe and effective treatment and that Russia's law goes beyond the standards set by the World Trade organization – of which Russia is not a member.
Pork skin products recalledRudolph Foods Company Inc., a San Bernardino, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 205 pounds of pork skin products because they were inadvertently mislabeled and contain an undeclared allergen, milk, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced. Milk is a known potential allergen, which is not declared on the label.
The product being recalled is 3.5-ounce packages of "Pepe's Gigante Louisiana Hot Sauce Flavored Cracklins." Each package bears a use by date of "03/19/2010," as well as the establishment number "EST. 0525" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The pork skin products were produced on December 18, 2009, and were sent to distributors in the Southern California region. The problem was discovered by the company following a product check. FSIS has received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.
Harris Ranch, California Polytechnic State clash over classNewly released documents show that Harris Ranch Beef Co. lobbied to have a faculty member at California Polytechnic State university quit teaching a class called “Issues in Animal Agriculture” that criticized the practice of factory farming. Harris Ranch executives criticized Professor Robert Rutherford for his views on sustainable farming, which the company considers unrealistic and anti-big business, reports the Fresno Bee.
Source: Fresno Bee