The Beef Checkoff funded veal program partnered with a prominent food blogger, The Daring Gourmet who created this delicious Grilled Veal Steak Fajitas recipe and video for Cinco de May.
The Daring Gourmet (Kimberly Killbrew) is a Millennial mom and her blog reaches over 500,000 unique visitors and has over 860,000 monthly page views.
Veal Quality Assurance
The latest consumer research from The Center for Food Integrity shows 80% of consumers want to know more about farming and how their food is produced. Two of three consumers surveyed hold very positive or somewhat positive overall impressions of U.S. agriculture, and a significant majority, 59 percent, strongly agree with the statement, “I trust food produced in the U.S. more than I trust food produced outside the U.S.” This research along with the Beef Industry Long Range Plan to grow consumer trust underscores the need for consumer outreach. A valuable tool in this effort is the website www.VealFarm.com. The website includes videos and images about how veal is raised today, specifically the new industry standard for housing all milk-fed veal in group pens. The website’s invitation on the home page says it all, “Come to the farm. There’s lots to learn.”
First Exports of U.S. Beef Arrive in Brazil. The first shipment of fresh U.S. beef arrived in Brazil following a 13-year ban on U.S. beef exports. Brazil closed its market to imports of U.S. fresh beef in 2003 over concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Since then, the Foreign Agricultural Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service worked continuously with Brazilian officials to regain market access. Following numerous technical discussions and meetings, Brazil officially reopened the market on August 1, 2016, based on the U.S.’s classification by the World Organization for Animal Health as a negligible-risk country for BSE.
FDA Extends Compliance Date for Menu Labeling Rule. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the compliance date for the menu labeling final rule by one year, from May 5, 2017, to May 7, 2018. The extension allows for further consideration of ways to reduce costs and enhance the flexibility of these requirements beyond those reflected in the interim final rule, according to FDA.
The rule, “Food Labeling: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments,” requires certain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations to post calorie amounts for standard menu items. FDA plans to reconsider the rule consistent with the Trump Administration’s recent executive order directing agencies to propose policy changes to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens.
FDA is again inviting public comments regarding the implementation of the menu labeling requirements and is specifically interested in ways to reduce the regulatory burden and increase flexibility with respect to calorie disclosure signage for self-service foods, methods for providing calorie disclosure information other than on the menu itself and criteria for distinguishing between menus and other information presented to consumers. Comments are due by July 3, 2017.
FDA Recognizes Australia as Having a Comparable Food Safety System to the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now recognizes Australia as having a food safety system comparable to the U.S. The decision, which was formalized in an agreement between FDA and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (ADAWR), represents the third time that FDA has recognized a comparable foreign food safety system; New Zealand and Canada received this distinction in 2012 and 2016, respectively. The arrangement allows FDA and ADAWR to establish a framework for regulatory cooperation in areas such as scientific collaboration, inspection and outbreak response.
FDA, working with ADAWR, conducted a systems recognition review and assessment using the International Comparability Assessment Tool to evaluate relevant laws and regulations, inspection programs, compliance measures, enforcement and laboratory support and response efforts regarding food-related illness and outbreaks. Imports from Australia must continue to comply with U.S. statutory and regulatory requirements to ensure safety and proper labeling, including the new standards adopted under the Food Safety Modernization Act
Number of Certified Organic Operations Continue to Grow. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) released new data indicating the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with 24,650 certified organic operations in the U.S. and 37,032 around the world. The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13 percent increase between the end of 2015 and 2016, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector. The number of certified operations has increased since the count began in 2002 and the 2016 total represents the highest growth rate since 2008. The complete list of certified organic farms and business is available here.
American Council on Science and Health Calls for Reform or Abolishment of IARC Monograph Program. The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) last week issued a paper authored by leading cancer experts in the U.S. and United Kingdom arguing the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) monograph program is an “outmoded cancer classification scheme” that hasn’t changed since it was created in the early 1970s.
“Conceptual and experimental breakthroughs in cancer causation have been incorporated by the World Health Organization International Programme on Chemical Safety, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United Kingdom’s Committee on Carcinogenicity and others,” the paper said. “In contrast, IARC has continued to apply its classification system largely as if the last half-century of scientific research hadn’t happened, completely ignoring issues of dose and exposure that are fundamental to risk assessment as it has been practiced around the world for several decades. The result is an unhelpful, even absurdist, scheme, in which chemicals with orders of magnitude differences in cancer potency are placed in the same group.” To read the full paper, click here.
CDC FoodNet Report Highlights Foodborne Illness Trends, Shows Signs of Progress. Campylobacter and Salmonella caused the most reported bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016, according to preliminary data published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Salmonella typhimurium infections, often linked to beef and poultry, however, decreased 18 percent in 2016 compared with the average for 2013-2015.
CDC’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) report provides the most up-to-date information about foodborne illnesses in the U.S. In 2016, FoodNet sites reported 24,029 foodborne infections, 5,512 hospitalizations and 98 deaths. The numbers of reported illnesses by germ are: Campylobacter (8,547), Salmonella (8,172), Shigella (2,913), Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (1,845), Cryptosporidium (1,816), Yersinia (302), Vibrio (252), Listeria (127) and Cyclospora (55).
This is also the first time the report includes foodborne bacterial infections diagnosed only by rapid diagnostic tests in FoodNet sites. Previously, the report counted foodborne bacterial infections confirmed only by traditional culture-based methods in the total numbers.
USDA Announces $18 Million to Educate the Future Agricultural Science Workforce. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $18 million in available funding to foster the next generation of agricultural science professionals. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
In fiscal year 2017, AFRI’s Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative will seek to boost the number of qualified graduates in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences by supporting professional development opportunities for K-14 teachers and education professionals; training undergraduate students in research and extension; and offering fellowships for predoctoral and postdoctoral candidates.
Additional information and grant applications are available here.
“Internal links within this document are funded and maintained by the Beef Checkoff. All other outgoing links are to websites maintained by third parties
Posted in Uncategorized