The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held a mark up on the fiscal year 2012 bill that will fund USDA from October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012. 

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The National Chicken Council, along with 16 other trade groups, sent a letter this week to the leadership of the House Committee on Appropriations as well as the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies urging them to reject imposing new “food safety fees” to fund the implementation of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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U.S. labeling requirements involving the origin of meat, chicken, and certain other products sold at retail grocery are in violation of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, according to news reporting services who have been advised about a WTO interim report that was circulated to the governments of the United States, Canada, and Mexico late last week.

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The National Chicken Council, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and the National Turkey Federation in comments filed this week with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) expressed their opposition to FMCSA’s proposed rule requiring companies to install electronic on-board recorders on their truck fleets.

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The Supreme Court yesterday upheld an Arizona law that penalizes businesses for knowingly employing workers who are in the United States illegally.  

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Activist groups took the offensive on the legal and regulatory fronts this week against the use of antibiotics in food animals, filing a lawsuit and a petition–actions that industry groups said were contrary to science and present an “inaccurate view” of the use of antibiotics in animals.

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Federal ethanol subsidies should be phased out gradually, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty said in announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, this week.

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Brazil’s agricultural global competitiveness and its impact on U.S. agricultural exports to third country markets will be the focus of a new study by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). 

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this week that it is now recommending that pork, steaks, roasts, and chops (all whole cuts of meat) be cooked to an internal temperature of 1450 F and allowed to rest for three minutes after removing from the heat source. 

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Pete Bugas, general manager of Interstate Container, Cambridge, Maryland, is the lucky winner of the early registration contest for the National Chicken Council’s July 17-19 Marketing Seminar. 

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is planning to release a national advertising campaign in July 2011 to educate the public about the importance of safe food handling and how to reduce the risks associated with foodborne illness. 

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