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The latest articles, analysis and information on pig processing and slaughter techniques to help producers and processors convert live pigs into high-quality raw pork products from the editors of Pig International magazine. Topics include production welfare practices and well as humane transport, nutrition and heat-stress issues. Register for free to access premium content.

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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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NAMI announces six free education programs for 2018 IPPE

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) announced details for six free education sessions at the 2018 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE), scheduled to take place January 30 - February 1, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
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National Pork Producers Council supports Farmers for Free Trade

U.S. pork producers' voice on policy and advocacy joins growing bipartisan effort to rebuild grassroots support for trade policies that benefit farmers and ranchers.
The National Pork Producers Council, the global voice for the U.S. pork industry and leader on public-policy issues for America's 60,000 pork producers, announced on Dec. 5 its support for Farmers for Free Trade.
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McKay named president of Perdue Premium Meat Company

Newly formed company aligns Perdues’ growth in branded pork, beef, lamb and pet treat businesses
Mark McKay has been promoted to president of the newly created Perdue Premium Meat Company, LLC, which aligns Perdue Farms’ continued growth in premium, branded products across its pork, lamb, beef and pet treat businesses.
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