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Olymel to close pork further processing plant

Decision to close one facility is made shortly after a second shift is added at another Olymel pork facility

Olymel will permanently close its pOlymel will permanently close its pork further processing plant in Henryville, Quebec, effective November 12.
"Closing a facility is always a difficult decision. However, after careful evaluation of our capacities and needs in this production sector, we have con


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Biomapping watches for Salmonella-friendly conditions

By regularly monitoring these organisms over time, production and processing facilities can keep tabs consistently on their Salmonella risk.
As opposed to trying to find the Salmonella needle in the food plant haystack, biomapping looks for conditions that make those needles more common.
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USDA, FDA announce formal agreement

USDA, FDA plan to bolster coordination and collaboration to make the oversight of food more efficient
USDA, FDA plan to bolster coordination and collaboration to make the oversight of food more efficient
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NPPC applauds withdraw of organic rule

Listening to the farmers it would have affected, Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue announced on Dec. 15 that his agency will withdraw a proposed organic rule for livestock and poultry, a move hailed by the National Pork Producers Council.
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FDA report on antibiotics validates work by U.S. pig farmers

On-farm practices lead to antibiotic use decline
America's 60,000 pig farmers continue to do what's right on the farm for people, pigs and the planet when it comes to demonstrating their commitment to antibiotic stewardship. That's why the findings in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 2016 Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals came as no surprise, but as a validation of the hard work U.S. pig farmers have put in to reduce the overall need for antibiotics while still protecting the health and welfare of the pigs under their care.
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