Exploring a World without Food Animals

Dan Beef, Cattle, Field Crops, Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables

What would happen if U.S. farmers stopped producing animals for food and Americans went vegan? Some have called for a move in that direction to address increasing concerns about U.S. health, eating habits, and climate change. Researchers at USDA‘s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Virginia Tech recently explored those questions and found surprising results. Mary Beth Hall, an ARS animal scientist at the U.S. …

food safety

USDA Audit Finds Problems in Brazil’s Food Safety System

Dan Beef, Industry News Release

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service found several problems in Brazil’s meat inspection system. FSIS conducted inspection audits on-site in Brazil from May 15 to June 2. The goal was to determine if Brazil’s food safety system is comparable to the one in America and capable of exporting safe, wholesome, and unadulterated foods that are labeled and packaged correctly. …


WTO Ruling an Important Win for U.S. Beef Exports to Indonesia

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute over Indonesia’s complex import requirements for a number of agricultural products, including U.S. beef. And according to a story from Joe Schuele with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), that ruling is expected to open up significant new export opportunities for U.S. beef in …


U.S. Gets WTO Win on Indonesia’s Beef Import Requirements

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release

The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in favor of the U.S. in a dispute with Indonesia over its complex and vague import requirements for beef and beef products. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says the WTO report found that all 18 of the import measures challenged by the U.S. were inconsistent with WTO rules governing trade. The ruling marks the …


USDA Chief Scientist Responds to WHO Antibiotic Recommendations

Dan Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued recommendations on the use of antibiotics in agriculture. Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Acting Chief Scientist with the USDA, says the WHO guidelines are not in alignment with U.S. policy and aren’t supported by sound science. “The recommendations incorrectly combine disease prevention with growth promotion in animals,” she says. “The WHO previously requested the standards for …


China Online Mall To Buy Large Amounts of Beef and Pork

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork Commits to Purchasing More Than $2 Billion of U.S. Goods Over Next Three Years Includes agreements to import over $1.2 billion of U.S. beef and pork, (NASDAQ:JD), China’s largest retailer, participated in a signing ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People, with the company entering agreements to purchase in excess of $1.2 billion of beef from The Montana Stock Growers Association (MSGA) …


WHO Takes a Strong Stand Against Antibiotics in Animals

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork, Poultry

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a strong statement this week against the use of all antibiotics in healthy food-producing animals. The WHO says overuse and misuse of antibiotics in both animals and humans is contributing to the buildup of antibiotic resistance. The organization notes that some bacteria that cause serious diseases in humans have built resistance to most types …