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USDA Proposes New Swine Slaughter Inspection System

Dan Pork

After years of study and pilot testing USDA is proposing a new voluntary swine slaughter inspection system. (Gary Crawford and Carmen Rottenberg) USDA Proposes New Swine Slaughter Inspection System-1 Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Carmen Rottenberg talks about the nature and purpose of the new proposed inspection system for market hog slaughter establishments. USDA Proposes New Swine Slaughter …

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Congressman Yoho Requests Flexibility on ELD Implementation

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), as the Department of Transportation presses ahead with implementation of electronic logging devices (ELD), Florida Congressman Ted Yoho is asking Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to provide livestock haulers with a longer-term waiver from the ELDs. In his official letter, Yoho wrote “I would ask that the [Department of Transportation] issue an exemption for livestock haulers for a period of …

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NPPC Supports New Pork Inspection Model

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a new pork processing inspection rule, a decision strongly supported by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). As a result, the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) HACCP Inspection Model (HIMP) will be expanded from five current pilot locations to full-scale implementation. “We support the USDA’s decision to advance HIMP as it introduces …

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USDA Announces Proposed Rule to Modernize Swine Inspection

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its continued effort to modernize inspection systems through science-based approaches to food safety. USDA is proposing to amend the federal meat inspection regulations to establish a new voluntary inspection system for market hog slaughter establishments called the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS), while also requiring additional …

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Pork Checkoff Conducts Annual Producer Survey

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

Since 2002, the National Pork Board has conducted an annual producer survey. Pork Checkoff vice president of strategic communications Kevin Waetke says the most recent survey was conducted in November Survey The Pork Checkoff study found optimism throughout the swine industry. Optimism Waetke says the biggest challenge seen by producer was hog health and disease. The Pork Checkoff uses this …

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Organics Encourage Support for Livestock Rule

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Industry News Release, Livestock, Organic

The organic food sector is drumming up support for the recently ditched organic livestock rule. Leading the charge, Organic Valley cooperative of Wisconsin says the group is demanding that the Department of Agriculture stop interfering with the public process that created the rule. The coalition, which includes the National Farmers Union, published a paid open letter in the Washington Post …

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Researchers Studying Feed-Carried Viruses

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock

Could viruses be transferred around the globe by the import of feed stuffs from foreign countries? Dr. Scott Dee of the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic in Minnesota talks about a study carried out by Pipestone Veterinary Services, South Dakota State University and Kansas State University. Feed Prior to the last Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea outbreak in the U.S., it was seen in …

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NPPC: Mexico Pork Exports Rule Maintains Good Trade Relationship

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says allowing Mexico to export pork to the U.S. is a sign of good trade relations. The Department of Agriculture last week finalized a regulation allowing Mexican states to export pork to the United States. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is implementing a science-based risk assessment that determined Mexico is free of …

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Latest WASDE Report from USDA

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork, Poultry

The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report (WASDE) was released recently. During December, raging wildfires in southern California and a late-month cold wave east of the Rockies highlighted a La Niña-driven weather regime. La Niña also contributed to a broad expanse of drier than-normal conditions, especially across the southern tier of the country. A few areas, however, received …

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USDA Rule Allows Pork Imports From Mexico

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

The U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized a regulation that will allow all Mexican states to export pork to the United States, a move supported by the National Pork Producers Council. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is implementing a science-based risk assessment that determined Mexico is free of Classical Swine Fever (CSF), highly contagious viral disease in pigs. …