In the wake of the accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power station, the European Commission has released measures, including documentation requirements and cargo analyses, to ensure that food or feed coming in from the country is within accepted limits for radioactive contamination.
Products must have accompanying documentation stating that they either left Japan before March 28, 2011, or were harvested or processed before March 11, 2011. Products coming from any prefectures affected by radiation must have additional documentation as proof of compliant analyse. The authorities at arrival will carry out documentary checks on all consignments and will carry out analyses on 20% of consignments for products originating from affected prefectures and 10% of consignments from other prefectures. Endorsement of the declaration by the Border control authority will be necessary for the release for free circulation. Non-conforming products will be disposed of or returned to Japan.
In Regulation (EU) N° 297/2011, the Commission has expanded upon the requirements:
These measures will be in place until June 30, 2011.
extension outreach appointment, Dr. Tom Overton, professor of dairy management
within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture, spends much of his time
working with NY dairies, their nutritionists and vets on issues related to
transition cow management. In his opinion, one of the areas of opportunity for
dairy farms can be found in the management of the pre-calving diet. With
his team, Overton is currently involved in a commercial research study involving
55 farms focused on the influence of particle size on dry cow diets. “We’re
finding that diets are quite sortable with large differences in particle size
distribution,” Overton explains. “[The industry] needs to do a better job in
terms of particle size to make [the rations] less sortable.” In a
total mixed ration, sorting is problematic because cows tend to favor the grain
component and therefor may not consume the necessary fiber and nutrients. In
this video, Overton discusses his team’s research involving pre-calving dairy
diets at the World Dairy Expo. The 2014 edition of
the World Dairy Expo, which was held in early October in Madison,
WI, drew more than
300,000 visitors from roughly 90 countries. The event featured 2,500 head of
dairy cattle and more than 250 exhibitors.
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