Regulatory/Consumer

FSIS Residue Prevention Compliance Guide

In April, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) published a compliance guide for residue prevention at slaughter establishments. FULL STORY »

Report: Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine

A new National Academies Press report, Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine, details in more than 300 pages the issues, conclusions and recommendations for veterinary workforce needs. Not surprising, there is a large amount of space devoted to the food-animal profession in the report. FULL STORY »

New animal disease facility stalled by budget, politics

The site of a proposed facility to fight animal diseases, including those which could be spread by bioterrorists, is little more than a parking lot today because of safety and budget concerns. FULL STORY »

Which came first, the chicken or the bill?

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in its May 30 Beltway Beef e-newsletter describes new legislation, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, that may pave the way for prescriptive animal raising standards. FULL STORY »

OIE adopts animal welfare standards

At the organization’s 80th General Session, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) delegates adopted new generic guiding principles on animal welfare relating to livestock production systems and a new chapter on the welfare of cattle bred for meat production. FULL STORY »

Indiana to hold virtual public hearing on raw milk

Raw milk has become a hot topic nationwide, generating much discussion on issues ranging from how it should be labeled to food safety. During the 2012 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly tasked the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) with conducting a summer study on the sale of raw milk. BOAH will report the findings of the study in a report by December 1, 2012. The report will serve as a reference document for members of the 2013 legislature. FULL STORY »

Dairies released from BSE quarantine

After USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories completed testing of the samples from the index animal, the samples were sent to The World Organization for Animal Health reference laboratories in Canada and England. Both laboratories have confirmed that the index cow was positive for atypical (L-type) BSE. FULL STORY »

Handle arrival cattle with care Play video

Tom Noffsinger, DVM, Benkelman, Neb., talks about understanding cattle at a higher degree, especially at arrival time. FULL STORY »

California TV station investigates 'What’s in your milk'

CBS13 in Sacramento, Calif., aired a piece Monday questioning whether some antibiotics are showing up in milk despite testing efforts. FULL STORY »

White paper describes industry challenges/opportunities

A white paper that identifies and describes the challenges and opportunities today’s farmers and ranchers in animal agriculture face is now available. Developed by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA), the paper, “Living in a World of Decreasing Resources & Increasing Regulation: How to Advance Animal Agriculture,” combines the discussions and expertise presented at the 2012 NIAA meeting. FULL STORY »

Clifford provides update on BSE Play video

Dr. John Clifford, chief veterinary officer for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, verified that two dairies currently are under quarantine, a routine procedure during a BSE investigation. FULL STORY »

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