AG/FDA Blog

USDA Guarantees Kosher and Halal Meat Can Be Organic, Too

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has assured the kosher and halal meat industries that the meat they produce with the well-known USDA Organic label can clearly qualify as organic, even though kosher and halal slaughter methods follow religious law… Read More
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John Block: Dietary Guidelines

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I asked a couple of friends of mine in Illinois and Kansas – what do you think of the newly released Dietary Guidelines? Their answer – what Dietary Guidelines? The public is not paying much attention while… Read More
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2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Released... And Some Thought Already Being Given to the 2020 Guidelines!

The Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services have released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) following what had been a captivating review of the Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a proc… Read More
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Beef and Pork are Now Un-COOL, and That’s a Good Thing

America’s meat industry and our trading partners engaged in a collective sigh of relief on Friday. Prior to embarking on his annual Christmas retreat to Hawaii, President Obama signed the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act into law. Tucked into t… Read More
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John Block: Meat - A Carcinogen

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Pick up the paper, turn on the TV, and someone pretending to know what they are talking about will be telling us what to eat and what not to eat. I remember 30 years ago when I was Secretary of Agriculture and… Read More
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John Block: “COOL” Isn’t Cool

By John R. Block As a farmer, we understand that if you have something that doesn’t work, you fix it. It will just cost you money if you ignore the problem. Somehow, the federal government doesn’t seem to understand that common sense fact. The C… Read More
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2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report Mixes Science and Policy

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) submitted its report to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services last month and disbanded.  It is now up to the USDA and HHS to take the DGAC’s conclusions and recommendatio… Read More
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Don’t Rush the Holiday Preparations – Make Certain the Meat is Properly Cooked

Getting ready for holiday “get togethers”, one often finds themselves in a rush or behind on preparing the food for the party.  Don’t let tardiness be the reason the party attendees end up with a case of foodborne illness.  Don’t rush cooki… Read More
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Pontifications by Dr. Doom

As described by Dennis Johnson in his recent article from our Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, the current human illness rate for E. coli O157:H7 has not gone down as documented by the Centers for Disease Control and is, in fact, trending upwards. … Read More
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FNS Permanently Eliminates Grain and Protein Maximums; Allows Sugar to Process Frozen Fruit in School Nutrition Programs

According to an advance copy of the rule made public earlier today, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will be making permanent the elimination of weekly maximums on grains and meat/meat alternates, and the allowance of processing frozen frui… Read More
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