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Study: Proteins from GM plants capable of reducing E.coli in food

A new study is showing that proteins known as colicins, which are produced by genetically modified plants, can be extracted and applied to contaminated meat and produce to kill harmful E. coli bacteria.

Recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team engineered tobacco, leafy beets, spinach, chicory and lettuce […]

How did “The Jungle” change the food industry?

[ SPANISH ] There are many books that have changed culture: from the works of William Shakespeare that introduced more than 1,700 words to the English language, to other books affecting baby names — for instance, Khaleesi from George R. R. Martin’s epic saga, A Song of Ice and Fire series and popular HBO show […]

Groups fight COOL

Some of the meat industry’s largest trade groups are challenging the U.S.’s newest version of its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law.

The eight groups, which represent producers in the beef and pork industries from across North America, say COOL violates the U.S. Constitution by “compelling speech in the form of costly and detailed labels on meat […]

USDA publishes final COOL rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final version of the changes to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for muscle cut commodities last week.

The rule changes how these commodities are labeled to require the origin designation to include information not only on where the meat came from (currently often listed as “Product of the U.S.”), […]

So long, pork chop: Meat industry to rename meat cuts

It will soon be easier to tell what cut of meat you’re buying at the grocery store.

Groups representing the beef and pork industries are rolling out new, easier to understand names for more than 350 cuts of meat, NBC News reports.

The initiative to update the Uniform Retail Meat Identification Standards (URMIS) is led […]

USDA publishes proposed changes to country of origin labeling (COOL)

A proposed rule would change labeling on certain products, including meat, to still provide origin information while conforming to international trade agreements.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the proposed change to country of origin labeling (COOL) rule Friday. A pre-publication version currently is available on the Federal Register website, with the final version […]

Report: Japan to lessen restrictions on U.S. beef

Japan is slated to reduce import restrictions on U.S. beef next year, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Once Japan’s health ministry receives approval from Japan’s Food Safety Commission, the ministry will increase the age limit on U.S. beef from 20 months to 30 months and younger, according to the article.

The limits originally were imposed to […]

Groups voice concerns about joint U.S.-Canada meat inspection pilot program

A pilot program aimed at streamlining meat inspection at the U.S.-Canadian border has some food safety and consumer groups concerned.

A part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, the pilot program results will help determine if a small number of businesses can achieve pre-clearance for fresh beef and pork shipments across the border, according […]

Coalition files lawsuit against WTO in country of origin labeling case

The fight over labels of origin for meat sold in the U.S. isn’t over, despite a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling.

Earlier this week, a coalition of groups including the Made in the USA Foundation and the Ranchers-Cattleman Action Legal Fund, filed a lawsuit against the WTO in Denver’s U.S. District Court hoping to get […]

Monday links: ANSR, paralytic shellfish poisoning and cattle genetics

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Neogen launches ANSRTM for Listeria – Neogen

ANSR for Listeria is the newest test for our revolutionary molecular pathogen platform. The new test can definitively detect Listeria spp. after only […]