October 2016 Veal Foodservice Blog
Veal was top of mind at the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival this month. Consumers lined up in the Grand Tasting tent to sample the new Veal and Mushroom Blend meatballs created by the Culinary Institute of America. The demand was so great our chefs had a hard time keeping up. The word around the event was “you have to taste the veal meatballs”. Veal, funded by the Beef Checkoff, the sponsor of the Grill Master tent featured veal and mushroom sliders which were also a big hit. Veal bags, cutting mat and aprons were given out to consumers that stopped by to have a taste.
The Mushroom Council partnered with the Beef Check for the second annual Veal Summer Grilling promotion. This promotion began on June 3rd with over 1,500 participating retailers, representing 16 grocery store chains, ended on September 7th. The integrated promotion distributed on-pack recipe labels featuring the newly created veal and mushroom burger created by the Culinary Institute of America, and received over 260,000 sweepstakes entries.
The winner of $500 in Free Grocers went to Jennifer O of Pennsylvania. Amy P of Florida and Sherri S of Virginia won $50.00 gift certificates to Williams Sonoma.
China to Resume Imports of Certain U.S. Beef Products. China has conditionally lifted an import ban on shipments of U.S. boneless and bone-in beef for livestock under 30 months of age, according to a statement from the country’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). U.S. imports will be subject to requirements under China’s traceability, inspection and quarantine systems. China previously banned U.S. beef imports in 2003, following a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The World Organization for Animal Health, though, considers the U.S. at “negligible risk” for BSE.
AQSIQ and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service still need to negotiate the terms of access in an import protocol and export certificate. A timeline for these steps has not yet been specified.
FSIS Updates non-GMO Label Process for Meat Products. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) established a new process that allows certified organic meat and poultry producers to obtain approval of non-genetically modified organism (GMO) label claims based on their organic certification. A certified organic meat or poultry processor can now modify or add a label claim to a previously-approved label under the updated procedures. FSIS made this change to comply with provisions in the recently enacted National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Act, which states that organic certification is sufficient to make claims about the absence of bioengineered ingredients, such as “non-GMO.” Proper label use will be verified during routine FSIS certification inspections.
FSIS Announces Results of 2016 Food Defense Plan Survey. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted the results of its 11th annual Food Defense Plan Survey, conducted in April and May 2016. The 2016 survey found that 85 percent of all establishments have a functional food defense plan. Larger establishments have a higher rate of implementing functional food defense plans, with 98 percent of large and 92 percent of small establishments implementing functional food defense plans. In comparison, 78 percent of very small establishments have functional plans. The survey was conducted by inspection program personnel at meat and poultry slaughter and processing establishments, processed egg products plants and official import inspection establishments.
USDA Announces New Open Data Partnership for Public Health. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the launch of the USDA Branded Food Products Database, a free online resource for families, the food industry and researchers containing nutrition details on more than 80,000 name brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and grocery stores. The database provides a transparent source of information that can assist health professionals identifying foods and portion size for people with food allergies, diabetes, kidney disease and other conditions. Common consumer health and nutrition apps may also use the data as a resource to bring information to consumers on a phone or watch in real time while shopping or dining out.
The Branded Food Products Database greatly expands and enhances, the USDA National Nutrient Database, which contained basic information on about 8,800 branded foods and has served as a main source of food composition data for government, researchers and the food industry. The new database is expected to include approximately 500,000 products with an expanded level of detail including serving size, servings per package and nutrients shown on the Nutrition Facts Panel or the Expanded Nutrition Facts Panel, plus weights and measures, an ingredient list and sub-list and a date stamp associated with current formulation of the product.
Events and Meetings
Second Meeting Announced to Review Process to Update Dietary Guidelines. The Committee to Review the Process to Update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans will hold a public workshop on October 17, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is currently conducting a study to review the process to update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Committee will review ways to improve the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee selection process to provide more transparency, eliminate bias and include committee members with a range of viewpoints; ways in which the Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL) is compiled and utilized, including whether NEL reviews and other systematic reviews and data analysis are conducted according to rigorous and objective scientific standards; ways systematic reviews are conducted on long-standing DGA recommendations, including whether scientific studies are included from scientists with a range of viewpoints; and ways the DGA can better prevent chronic disease, ensure nutritional sufficiency for all Americans and accommodate a range of individual factors. For additional information on the meeting and to register, click here.
Registration Now Open for 2017 Consumer Food Safety Conference. Registration is now open for the 2017 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference, “Advancing Food Safety Through Behavior Change.” The Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education, formerly the NAMI Foundation, is a gold-level sponsor of the upcoming conference, scheduled to take place January 25-27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The conference will focus on behavior change to improve food safety practices at home and at work, with specific tracks on motivation and risk perception, physical space design and at-risk populations, among other topics. The sixth in a series of conferences on food safety education, the event is expected to draw more than 400 professionals and feature Frank Yiannas, vice president of Food Safety for Walmart and author of Food Safety = Behavior.
USDA Invites Stakeholders to Participate in Preparing Report on Livestock Mandatory Reporting. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is inviting meat industry representatives to provide input regarding the marketing of livestock and meat products covered by the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) program. AMS intends to use industry positions and perspectives to develop a consensus report to provide to Congress by March 1, 2018, before the reauthorization of LMR in 2020.
The first AMS stakeholder meeting will be November 15-16, 2016, in the Washington, D.C. area to lay the groundwork for subsequent commodity meetings. AMS will then conduct separate species/commodity-specific meetings for cattle and beef; swine and pork; and sheep, lamb and imported lamb beginning in February or March 2016. These meetings will focus on current marketing methods and challenges with reporting livestock and meat markets, and industry needs concerning future revisions to the LMR program. To participate in these meetings, e-mail Michael Lynch, director of the Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News Division by September 26, 2016.
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