Jacqui Southern, an up and coming chef was introduced to veal when asked to create a recipe for the annual Veal Summit. Since then Jacqui and her partner have gone on to become veal ambassadors by serving veal tacos, handing out nutritional information and recipe cards to patrons that visited their new pop-up restaurant in the Philadelphia area. Enjoy Jacqui’s BRAISED VEAL CHEEK TACOS.



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Did you know … “Special, milk-fed and formula fed veal calves usually are fed nutritionally balanced milk or soy based diets. These specially controlled diets contain iron and 40 other essential nutrients, including amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins. The majority of veal calves are ‘special-fed.’”  That’s just one of many pieces of information being shared by Marissa Hake, an Indiana veterinarian that works exclusively with veal. Her content and perspective ranges from sharing calf-care tips to addressing myths and facts about veal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  Her approach is refreshingly authentic, science-based, and transparent. Dr. Hake includes plenty of photos and videos to display how veal is raised today. If you have questions about veal, visit Dr.Hake online @VealVet. 



USDA Proposes Revision to Beef Grade Standards. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef to include dentition and documentation of actual age as additional methods of classifying carcass maturity for quality grading. The beef standards only include skeletal and muscular evidence as a determination of maturity grouping. The proposed change would allow carcasses of grain-fed steers and heifers determined to be less than 30 months old either by dentition or by documentation of actual age to be included in the youngest maturity group for carcasses recognized as “beef,” regardless of skeletal evidences of maturity. Public comments regarding this proposed revision are due by August 18, 2017.


FDA Delays Rule Requiring New Nutrition Facts Panel on Food. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it intends to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Label and Serving Size final rules. Manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales must comply with the changes by July 26, 2018, while manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales are expected to comply with the new rules by July 26, 2019. FDA will revise those dates and provide additional details regarding the extension in a Federal Register notice at a later time.

The rules amend the labeling regulations for conventional food and dietary supplements, and provide updated nutritional information to consumers. They redefine a single-serving container, update certain reference amounts customarily consumed (RACC), require dual-column labeling for certain containers and modify serving size regulations.

Changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel include removing the declaration of “Calories from fat,” requiring the declaration of the gram amount of “added sugars” in a serving of a product, establishing a Daily Reference Value (DRV) and requiring a percent Daily Value (DV) declaration for added sugars.


FDA Extends Comment Period Regarding Compliance Date for Menu Labeling Rule. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the period to receive public comments on the proposed compliance date for the menu labeling final rule. Comments are now due by August 2, 2017. FDA in May extended the compliance date for the menu labeling final rule by slightly more than 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.


USDA Seeks Public Input on GMO Labeling. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is soliciting public input on 30 questions, which will be used to guide the rulemaking process to implement the requirements established in the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The feedback is intended to inform the development of a proposed rule governing disclosure procedures for food manufactures when products contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The 2016 GMO legislation requires AMS to finalize the regulation by July 2018.

The questions request information regarding how terms should be defined; the amount of a bioengineered substance needed to require GMO labeling; and the type of on-package symbol that should be used to denote GMO ingredients. AMS is also interested in receiving input regarding ways it should craft language exempting animals that consume bioengineered feed from the disclosure requirements.


EPA, Army Corps Move to Rescind WOTUS. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) moved to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which redefined and expanded the bodies of water subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule also would reinstate the process that EPA and the Corps previously used to determine the waterways that receive CWA protection. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last year blocked WOTUS implementation. This move by EPA and the Corps, therefore, would not trigger any immediate changes. The agencies are working on a new version of the rule that would include a narrower interpretation of the creeks, bogs and marshes subject to federal law. Public comments will be accepted on the proposed rule once it is published in the Federal Register.


FSIS Issues Guidance for Importing Meat, Poultry and Egg Products Into the U.S. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued new guidance for importing meat, poultry and egg products into the U.S. The guidance is intended to help U.S. importers, customs brokers, official import inspection establishments, egg products plants and other interested parties understand and comply with FSIS import requirements. FSIS is soliciting public comments on the new guidance through September 5, 2017.


FSIS Issues Directive Regarding Verification Procedures for Lethality and Stabilization. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a directive providing instructions to inspection program personnel (IPP) for verifying lethality and stabilization processes at establishments that make ready-to-eat meat and poultry products. The directive also addresses stabilization processes in establishments that make not ready-to-eat heat-treated, not-fully-cooked meat and poultry products, including partially-cooked and char-marked meat patties and partially-cooked poultry breakfast strips. In addition, the directive includes new information for verifying lethality and stabilization processes during fermentation/acidification, salt-curing and drying, and for evaluating heating and cooling deviations, among other updates.


Meat Institute Releases Updated Handling Guidelines, Revamps Web Site. The North American Meat Institute, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, recently released the Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide for download on the Meat Institute’s newly updated and redesigned animal welfare site, The guidelines were authored by Colorado State University Professor of Animal Behavior Temple Grandin, Ph.D., working in conjunction with the Institute’s Animal Welfare Committee. The Institute’s audit was originally developed by Grandin in 1997 and its adoption by meat companies helped transform how livestock are handled and processed in meat plants. Changes to the 2017 edition are detailed on pages 4 and 5 of the guidelines in the “Chronology of Changes” section.

“It’s been wonderful to watch meat plants embrace the audit throughout the last two decades and to see the measurable improvements that have occurred in animal care and handling,” Dr. Grandin said. “Together with our annual animal handling conference, the audit has helped elevate the importance of good animal handling and professionalized the role of those who handle livestock during transport and at the plants.”

The revamped web site offers resources for media, consumers and members of the meat industry. Among the Institute’s most popular resources is its Glass Walls series of videos in which Dr. Grandin offers unscripted tours of cattle, pig, sheep and turkey plants. The videos have been viewed more than two million times.




2017 Center of the Plate Training®. Registration remains open for the 2017 Center of the Plate (COP) Training®, scheduled to take place August 1-3, 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 and processed meats. Attendees will receive a copy of the Meat Buyer’s Guide®, the authoritative guide to meat and poultry identification.

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 with the North American Meat Institute, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. For more information, click here.


Beef Safety Conference. Registration is open for the Pathogen Control and Regulatory Compliance in Beef Processing Conference, scheduled to take place September 6-7, 2017, in Rosemont, Illinois. The conference, which is sponsored by the North American Meat Institute, a contractor to the Beef checkoff, provides valuable insights for beef processors, networking opportunities and access to key information to help businesses improve their food safety programs. Top experts from industry, government and academia will convene to address critical issues affecting beef processors, including intervention strategies, process validation, policy initiatives, foodborne illness investigations and labeling, among other topics. For additional information about the conference, contact Director of Education and Workforce Development Ann Wells at or 202-587-4252.

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