Poultry dianostic lab director earns Texas A&M AgriLife award

January 17, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Dr. Randle Moore, resident director of the  Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory’s Poultry Diagnostic Laboratory in Center, Texas, has received the annual Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence from Texas A&M AgriLife. The Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence were established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of...

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Study: Ethanol policy increases food costs

January 16, 2013
Study: Ethanol policy increases food costs

WASHNGTON — A new study released Jan. 8 demonstrates the change in U.S. food affordability trends since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) came into being in 2005. Dr. Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon LCC, the study’s author, shows that compared to long term trends, in 2012 the average family of four saw about a...

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New USDA advisory committee members named

January 16, 2013
New USDA advisory committee members named

WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2012-2014 term. Established in 1971, the 17-member NACMPI meets on food safety concerns and advises the secretary of agriculture on matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities. It...

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AMI announces staff promotions

January 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle has announced three staff promotions. Susan Backus was promoted to executive director of the AMI Foundation and is responsible for the administrative management of food safety research projects initiated by the foundation. She also serves as the director of administration for the Shelf-Stable Food...

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FDA proposes new food safety standards

January 15, 2013
FDA proposes new food safety standards

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has proposed two new food safety rules to help prevent foodborne illness. The proposed rules implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules follow outreach by the FDA to the produce industry, the consumer community, other government agencies and the international community. Since January...

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Rendering symposium focus is high feed costs

January 15, 2013
Rendering symposium focus is high feed costs

ATLANTA, Ga. —  The International Rendering Symposium is returning to the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo. Sponsored by the National Renderers Association and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the symposium will focus on using rendered product to combat high feed costs. The two-day program is $150 to all registered Expo attendees. This year’s...

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