Another meat production record
October 20, 2017 - Commercial meat production set another record in the United States in September.
Beef and pork production were both up by two per cent from a year ago.
Lamb slaughter was down by seven per cent, veal production down by one per cent, but calf slaughter up by three per cent. The calves averaged 10 pounds lighter than last year, explaining why veal production declined while calf slaughter increased.
Total red meat production was 4.4 billion pounds, 2.22 billion of it beef and 2.16 billion pork.
Agropur recalling some imported cheese
October 19, 2017 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has identified Listeria bacteria in some cheeses imported by Agropur, triggering a nation-wide recall.
The product is Firm Ripened Comte Cheese in 20-gram packages with a best before date of Dec. 15.
It is part of the Agropur Import Collection.
Canada, U.S., sign food safety deal
October 19, 2017 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share food safety data and research.
The MOU was signed this week at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition campus in College Park, Maryland.
The agreement further eases the sharing of information on matters such as development of research methods and needs, genomic sequence data, chemical and microbiological risk profiles, method validation data and newly developed methods.
Fostering increased collaboration with countries outside our borders will allow scientists within the CFIA and across Canada to access greater food safety information and data, bolstering innovation and advancing research which will ultimately help lead to a better quality of life for all Canadians, the CFIA says on its website.