Veal Industry Update – 04.14.2016

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The 2016 Veal Summit held at the DoubleTree-Hilton in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on March 30th was a success with more than 35 participants. Bill Sessions, NAMI, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, welcomed guests and Lance Zimmerman, CattleFax, presented data on the “Industry Structure and Market Outlook”. A formative recap of the “2016 Veal Promotions” was given by Chris Marcocci. Patty Bennett, DMV shared an “FSIS Regulatory Update”. Rick Merkel, Redner’s Warehouse Markets and Chef Dan D’Angelo, Philadelphia Art Institute discussed “Marketing Veal at Retail and Foodservice”. Lunch was sponsored by Catelli Brothers and included dishes prepared from new recipes developed with Checkoff funds. Dishes included Veal Empanadas and Crispy Veal and Walnut Salad. The afternoon concluded with Dr. Ernest Baskin, Professor at St. Joesph’s University discussing “Consumer Psychology of Retail Pricing” and Suzanne Straussberger presenting “Digital and Social Media Marketing Trends”. For complete presentations go to:


FSMA Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Set to be Published. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted for publication in the Federal Register the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) sanitary transportation final rule. The final rule will help maintain the safety of both human and animal food during transportation by establishing requirements for vehicles and transportation equipment, transportation operations, information exchange, training, record keeping and waivers. The rule aims to mitigate food safety risks for products traveling via motor or rail vehicle, such as failure to properly refrigerate food, inadequate cleaning of vehicles between loads and failure to properly protect food during transportation. The final rule takes effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.


FSIS Publishes Initial NRP Pilot Project Findings, Announces Second Phase. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published initial results from phase one of the National Residue Program (NRP) pilot project and announced the implementation of the project’s second phase. The phase one findings reveal a positive trend in the rate of KIS test positive results for both the dairy cow and bob veal slaughter classes. FSIS will conclude phase one testing in April 2016, in an effort to determine whether this trend continues with additional data collection. The intent of the pilot is to prove that conditions selected for in-plant screening do vary within a slaughter class and should be prioritized to maximize FSIS resources and that conditions should be developed for individual slaughter classes because of varying husbandry practices, including the purpose of animals and the age at which they are slaughtered.


FDA Issues Final BSE Rule. FDA issued a rule finalizing three previously-issued interim final rules designed to further reduce the potential risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in human food. The final rule provides definitions for prohibited cattle materials and bars their use in human food, dietary supplements and cosmetics. These materials include specified risk materials, the small intestine from all cattle unless the distal ileum has been properly removed, material from nonambulatory disabled cattle and material from cattle not inspected and passed, or mechanically separated. The rule also confirms that milk and milk products, hides and hide-derived products, tallow that contains no more than 0.15 percent insoluble impurities and tallow derivatives are not prohibited cattle materials. Meanwhile, FDA finalized the process for designating a country as not subject to BSE-related restrictions applicable to FDA-regulated human food and cosmetics. Finally, the rule defines gelatin and clarifies that gelatin is not considered a prohibited cattle material if it is manufactured using the customary industry processes specified.


Proposed Rule Would Increase Assessments on Imported Veal. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a proposed rule that would amend the Beef Promotion and Research Order and increase assessment levels for imported veal and veal products. The proposed increase is based on revised determinations of live animal equivalencies-which would use average dressed veal weight in the U.S. over the past five years-for veal and veal products. The rule also would update and expand the Harmonized Tariff Schedule codes and categories for imported veal and veal products to reflect recent updates by the International Trade Commission. Public comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted by May 16,2016, via fax to 202/720-1125, online or by mail to Michael Dinkel, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Research and Promotion Division, Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, AMS, USDA, Room 2610-S, STOP 0249, 1400 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, DC 20249-0251.


STEC Leads FSIS Outbreak List. Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria was associated with the majority of foodborne illness outbreaks between 2007 and 2012, according to new Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) research published in the March issue of the Journal of Food Protection. STEC was associated with the greatest proportion of reported outbreaks at 55 percent, followed by Salmonella enterica at 34 percent and Listeria monocytogenes at 7 percent. Meat and poultry products commercially sold as raw were linked to 77 percent of outbreaks, and of those, 80 percent involved beef. Over the course of the study, the number of reported outbreaks definitively linked to FSIS-regulated products declined.


2016 Center of the Plate Training Registration Now Open. Registration is now open for the 2016 Center of the Plate (COP) Training®, scheduled to take place June 14-16 in College Station, Texas. The three-day course will cover the fundamentals of meat specifications and attendees will be offered an in-depth, first-hand look at the processes involved in converting carcasses to meat cuts commonly available in retail and foodservice establishments. The training also features detailed cutting demonstrations of all the major center of the plate protein items, including beef, veal, lamb and pork, as well as sessions highlighting poultry, processed meats and seafood. The American Association of Meat Processors, American Meat Science Association, Chicago Midwest Meat Association, Canadian Meat Council, Southwest Meat Association and Southeastern Meat Association are co-hosting the course. COP is funded in part by the Beef Checkoff, and is co-sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, Lamb Checkoff and Merck Animal Health. For more information, click here.

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