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NAMI Calls on California Department of Food and Agriculture to Postpone Implementation of Prop 12

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) today submitted public comments regarding California’s Proposition 12 calling for postponement of the law’s implementation so multiple problems affecting consumers and producers may be addressed.

“The Meat Institute appreciates the opportunity to submit these comments,” said Mark Dopp, Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs and General Counsel in comments submitted on behalf of NAMI. “NAMI wishes to repeat its request that CDFA [California Department of Food and Agriculture] postpone implementing Prop 12 for at least two years and longer as necessary to ensure conversations and a common understanding among the agency, the industry, and consumers about...

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Jun 4 9:59 AM, General News



CDC Investigating Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli-Sliced Meats and Cheeses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to deli-sliced meats and cheeses. Eight people have reportedly been infected and hospitalized across four states (Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) and one death has been reported from Michigan. The affected individuals report eating different types and brands of product, including meats and cheeses purchased from and sliced at deli counters in multiple retail locations. A single, common supplier of deli products has not been identified.

There were two cases reported in early 2019, and the other six were reported from November 2016 to February 2018. During an initial investigation of three cases in...

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Apr 25 3:25 PM, General News


This Week in Retail: Annual Power of Meat Study Highlights

The 2019 Power of Meat Study was unveiled this past week at the Annual Meat Conference in Dallas, Texas. Anne-Marie Roerink presented the findings, revealing a number of trends from a retail meat perspective, examining how today’s meat case fits into modern food culture. This week in retail, we recap a few of the exceptionally thought-provoking findings from this annual report.

Across all departments, convenience-focused meat and poultry saw robust growth in 2018, including value added (+5.1 percent), fully-cooked (+2.5 percent) and frozen (+2.2 percent). This is a trend that we’ve known to have massive growth potential in recent years. Insight from the report suggests that the industry needs to focus on the meal occasion for consumers, rather than just the view from the meat department.

Surprisingly, the report found that one-quarter of shoppers buy meat and poultry one meal at a time! Only 4 in 10 shoppers buy enough meat and poultry to last for several days, and 35 percent...

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Mar 8 12:01 PM, UB Newswires


Analysis Explores Meat and Poultry’s Role in Today’s Food Culture

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education , the foundation for the North American Meat Institute , released the 14th annual exploration into how to best optimize meat and poultry’s role in today’s food culture: the way we eat, shop and live. The Power of Meat 2019 explores the financial prowess of the $67 billion category and meat’s overall role in supporting a food retailer’s reputation.

Rethinking the Meat Meal Occasion Promotion

The analysis suggests that food retailers and their meat supplier partners should align their thinking with the shopper who considers his/her meat purchase as a meal occasion and not necessarily relegated to one area of the store. Consumers increasingly shop across the full meat offering, from the meat case and counter, to the frozen aisle and deli. Across all departments, convenience-focused meat and poultry saw ...

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Mar 4 2:02 PM, General News


Beef Industry Satisfies America's Yen for Sushi

The North American Meat Institute, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, is celebrating America's love of beef and sushi during National Deli Meat Month this March by shining a light on Beefshi. Beefshi is a creative, new culinary concept that uses prepared beef products like bologna, summer sausage, corned beef and pastrami as central ingredients in sushi.

"Americans have always loved beef and over the past few decades, their love of sushi has catapulted," said Eric Mittenthal, vice president of public affairs at The North American Meat Institute (NAMI). "In fact, sushi is one of the fastest growing categories in ...

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Mar 1 9:29 AM, General News


USTR Publishes Negotiating Objectives for U.S.-EU Trade Talks

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently published a summary of negotiating objectives for U.S.-European Union (EU) trade talks. The Trump Administration last year notified Congress of its intention to negotiate a trade agreement with the EU and solicited public comments to inform its priorities. The U.S.’s top objective is to improve its trade balance and reduce its trade deficit with the E.U., which totaled more than $151 million in 2017.

The summary also details the U.S.’s priorities for transatlantic agricultural trade. According to USTR, a U.S.-EU trade agreement should secure comprehensive market access for U.S. agricultural goods in the EU by reducing or eliminating tariffs and non-tariff barriers that discriminate against U.S. agricultural goods. Moreover, USTR intends to...

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Jan 23 9:08 AM, General News


Meat and Poultry Industry Achieves Lowest-Ever Incidence Rate for Non-Fatal Injuries and Illness

 New BLS Data Confirms Sustained Worker Safety Progress by Meat and Poultry Packers and Processors

U.S. meat and poultry packers and processors continued to make significant progress in workplace safety in 2017, as the newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) incidence rate for non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses reached an all-time industry low.

In 2017, there were 4.8 cases of occupational injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in the meat and poultry sector. This figure represents an improvement from the previous industry low of 5.3 cases of occupational injuries and illnesses per 100 workers recorded in 2016. Historic BLS data reveal that the meat and poultry industry has continued to make substantial worker safety progress, as the number of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses has been cut in half during the past 12 years ...

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Dec 21 11:45 AM, General News


Meat Institute Applauds Signing of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

Attribute Statement to Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts:

 “The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) applauds the recent signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which modernizes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). USMCA represents a positive step in preserving duty-free access to two of the U.S. meat and poultry industry’s most critical foreign markets.

Under NAFTA, U.S. meat and poultry exports to Mexico and Canada have thrived as import duties were removed and non-scientific barriers to trade have been significantly reduced. The North American market for the meat and poultry industry is nearly completely integrated, and this integration is essential to its long-term viability ...

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Dec 3 2:30 PM, General News


 Meat Institute Details Negotiating Objectives for U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement 

Comments affirm importance of Japanese market for U.S. meat and poultry industry growth

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) outlined key meat and poultry industry negotiating objectives and priorities for a bilateral U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement in comments submitted today to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The Trump Administration, in October, notified Congress of its intention to enter into trade negotiations with Japan, and subsequently requested public input.

“The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement stands to be a boon for the U.S. meat, poultry and animal products industry...

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Nov 27 8:13 AM, General News


Meat Institute Testifies at Hearing Assessing Economic Impact of New U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

SVP of International Affairs Bill Westman underscores importance of North American trade for U.S. meat sector

North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) Senior Vice President of International Affairs Bill Westman today emphasized the critical importance of the Canadian and Mexican export markets to the long-term economic strength of the U.S. meat and livestock sectors in testimony before the U.S. International Trade Commission. During the hearing, which sought input on the economic impact of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Westman affirmed that...

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Nov 19 9:26 AM, General News


New Report Finds Retaliatory Tariffs will Negate USMCA Export Gains

Market access improvements included in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which are expected to increase U.S. agricultural exports by $450 million, mostly in the poultry and dairy sectors, will be offset by retaliatory measures taken by Canada and Mexico in response to the U.S.’s steel and aluminum import tariffs, according to a new analysis commissioned by the Farm Foundation.

Under the USMCA, meat product exports are projected to...

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Nov 6 8:57 AM, General News


NHDSC and Beef Checkoff Promote New, Trendy Recipes for National Bologna Day

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) celebrated National Bologna Day, October 24, in partnership with the Beef Checkoff, showcasing bologna's classic deliciousness with innovative, new chef-developed recipes that show how trendy bologna can be. The recipes included...

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Oct 31 11:37 AM, General News


Meat Institute Reiterates Support for USDA Regulation of Cell Based Meat Products

The North American Meat Institute once again argued that the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has primary jurisdiction for regulation of new cell-based meat products at a joint USDA/FDA public meeting on the use of animal cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry.

In his oral comments, North American Meat Institute Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Mark Dopp explained the many benefits of USDA regulation for cell based meat producers.

“That the inspection system FSIS administers is more rigorous than the one administered by FDA is undeniable. Administration officials have said as much. But I am baffled why...

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Oct 24 11:28 AM, General News


Administration Launches Food Waste Initiative

USDA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration last week signed a joint agency agreement launching the “Winning on Reducing Food Waste” initiative, which aims to improve coordination and communication across federal agencies to...

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Oct 24 8:59 AM, General News


North American Meat Institute Elects New Officers at Annual Meeting

Julie Anna Potts Officially Elected by Meat Institute Membership to Succeed Outgoing President and CEO Barry Carpenter

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) elected the six new officers who will guide the organization in the next year. The officers were selected during the Meat Institute’s Annual Meeting, held October 5 in Washington, DC.

Joe Maas, vice president of manufacturing and production at JTM Food Group, will serve as chairman, while Warren Panico, president and CEO of Bar-S Foods Co., will serve as vice chairman.

Brad McDowell, president of AB Foods, LLC, Agri Beef Co., will serve as treasurer, and Steve Van Lannen, president and COO, American Foods Group, LLC, has been selected to serve as secretary. John Vatri, vice president of operations at Cardinal Meat Specialists, Ltd., will serve as immediate past chairman...

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Oct 5 3:21 PM, General News




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