AMI names industry leaders to guide organization in 2013

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has elected the six officers who will guide the organization through the next year. The election was held at AMI’s Board of Directors Meeting in Toronto. J. Patrick Boyle was reelected by the AMI membership to serve a 24th term as the Institute’s president and CEO. FULL STORY »

Ag groups call for consistent U.S./EU FTA

– A coalition of 40 food and agricultural organizations, including the National Pork Producers Council, has sent a letter to the Obama administration and Congress, regarding a proposed free trade-agreement between the United States and the European Union. The concern is that it might fall short of long-established U.S. objectives for trade pacts. FULL STORY »

New fresh meat nutrition labeling starts March 1

On March 1, nutrition labels will be required on ground meat and poultry packages and on or near major cuts of meat and poultry sold in supermarkets. FULL STORY »

AWI wants retailers to choose meat suppliers on animal welfare criteria

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) wants grocery store and restaurant chains to monitor the animal welfare record of their meat suppliers and refuse to deal with any company that repeatedly violates humane standards. FULL STORY »

GIPSA concern grows on Capitol Hill

A bi-partisan group of 147 congressmen want USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to commit to a timeline to complete the long-overdue economic impact analysis of the proposed 2010 Grain Inspection, and Packers and Stockyards Administration rule. They even go so far as to ask for the proposal to be withdrawn and start over. FULL STORY »

Campaign launched to combat top meat myths

The American Meat Institute, in conjunction with the American Meat Science Association, today launched its “Meat MythCrushers” campaign in an effort to reconnect Americans to modern food production FULL STORY »

Corn ethanol: Burning up food budgets

"While Nebraskans are closely watching gas prices escalate at the pump, they are also starting to see something else eating away at their budgets: rising food costs,” says AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle in a guest editorial published Wednesday in the Lincoln Journal Star. FULL STORY »

AMI outlines latest consumer trends

Lynn Dornblaser of Mintel Custom Solutions today outlined the latest consumer meat and poultry trends during an education session, “The Best New Products of 2011,” held at the 2011 AMI Meat, Poultry & Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. FULL STORY »

AMI calls meat inspectors essential, should not be affected if government closes

The American Meat Institute (AMI) today urged the Obama administration to classify meat and poultry inspectors as essential personnel who are not subject to work stoppage if the government shuts down due to the ongoing budget impasses. FULL STORY »

Quick passage of Korea FTA stressed in Lincoln Journal Star editorial

While Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack gave a needed push to the proposed U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) earlier this month, more should be done to ensure this opportunity doesn’t slip by, according to an editorial published today in the Lincoln Journal Star. FULL STORY »

Smithfield Foods facilities grab safety honors

Smithfield Foods announced that many of the company’s facilities were recognized for their environmental and worker safety efforts during the American Meat Institute Foundation’s (AMIF) Annual Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment. FULL STORY »

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