Ambassador Isi Siddiqui, chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, said “having a more robust and early-on method to address sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues should be an important part of any Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement” at a meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank last week.

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World poultry meat (chicken, turkey, and other birds) production is expected to increase 2 percent to 103.5 million metric tons in 2012, according to the “Food Outlook” report released this month by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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FSIS Launches New Web-Based Label Approval System

On May 25, 2012, in Uncategorized

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) this week launched a new web-based label approval system that will streamline the agency’s review process for meat, poultry, and egg product labels.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) yesterday issued regulatory guidance clarifying its definition of a tank vehicle.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI).

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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is soliciting nominations for membership for the Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health.

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In a comprehensive report, entitled “Table Egg Production and Hen Welfare: The UEP-HSUS Agreement and H.R. 3798” issued this month by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the following was noted with respect to the bill status.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for April 2012 were 6,524,000, a 7-percent decrease from the 7,044,000 pullet chicks placed in April 2011, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending May 26 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 158,609,000 broilers, a 4-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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