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FSIS to ban using 'downer' veal calves in food supply
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) announced changes to improve humane handling inspections at facilities that produce veal meat.
FSIS will begin to require that veal calves that are brought to slaughter but cannot rise and walk (known as "downer" animals) be promptly and humanely euthanized and prohibited from entering the food supply. Previously, FSIS has allowed veal calves that are unable to rise from a recumbent position to be set aside and warmed or rested and then presented for slaughter if they regain the ability to walk. FSIS has found that this practice may contribute to the inhumane treatment of the veal calves. This change would improve compliance with the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act by encouraging improved treatment of veal calves as well as improve inspection efficiency by allowing FSIS inspection program personnel to devote more time to activities related to food safety.
FDA issues final FSMA food facility rule
The Food & Drug Administration released Wednesday a final rule amending the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements for food facility registration.
Food facilities that manufacture and process, pack or hold food for consumption in the U.S. are required to register with FDA, and the final rule amendments that the agency released add new provisions to the current regulations to codify certain provisions of FSMA that were self-implementing and effective upon enactment of FSMA.
Those provisions include the requirements of an email address for registration, renewal of registration every two years and that all food facility registrations must contain an assurance that FDA will be permitted to inspect the facility at the times and in the manner permitted by the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act.
Massachusetts moves forward with livestock housing initiative
Massachusetts' highest court, the Supreme Judicial Court, gave the okay to place on this November's ballot an initiative backed by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that would ban the use in the state of certain farm animal housing and prohibit the sale in the state of meat and eggs from confined animals.
A farmer and a homeless and hunger advocate challenged the ballot initiative, which would outlaw the use of gestation pens for pregnant sows, pens for veal calves and so-called battery cages for laying hens. It also would prohibit products from animals housed in such ways anywhere in the country from being sold in Massachusetts.
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) opposes the Massachusetts initiative, which would prevent hog farmers from caring for their animals in a way approved by the American Veterinary Medical Assn. (AVMA) and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV). Both AVMA and AASV recognize individual pens as appropriate for providing for the well-being of sows during pregnancy.
Report examines food safety commitments
Amid growing concerns and incidents related to food safety, a new report indicates that progress has been made among many companies, but there are critical risks and opportunities as the industry undergoes a large-scale, rapid transformation.
The report, "Food Safety: In a State of Transformation" was conducted by Cornerstone Capital Group and commissioned by the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi). It examines food safety of some 60 publicly traded U.S. companies, as well as 30 companies that offer food safety solutions.
From a corporate governance standpoint, the report shows there are significant food safety disclosure differences among the various companies. The research also indicates that executive compensation rarely is linked to food safety goals, and that there currently is little food safety expertise present on most food company boards.
House Passes GMO Labeling Legislation
On July 14, the House voted by a margin of 306 - 117 to approve legislation that would establish a federal policy on labeling of GMO food products. The bill was passed by the Senate last week and swift action by the House had been urged to avert the consequences of Vermont's state GMO labeling bill, which went into effect on July 1. The legislation, now approved by both chambers of Congress, will be prepared and sent to the President for his expected signature. The legislation will preempt state laws like the one in Vermont and set national policy for labeling of products with GMO contents. Companies will have the option to include an on-package statement about GMO contents, or point consumers to a website for more product information. Products from animals that consume GMOs would not be subject to any labeling requirements. The text of the legislation can be found here.
2016 JAM Notes
The 2016 Joint Annual Meeting begins tomorrow in Salt Lake City, UT at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Beginning tomorrow we will be doing special JAM Editions of the ADSA Dair-e-news to share information from the meeting and reminders for events at the meeting. We will run reminders during the meeting, but as you make your plans for the meeting here are several ASDA and dairy related events that you may want to include on your personal schedule.
We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City.
Tuesday, July 19
4:00-5:00 pm Large Dairy Herd Management e-Book & Conference Update, Salt Palace Convention Center, 150 B/C
4:30-5:00 pm ADSA Undergraduate Student Quiz Bowl Final Round, Salt Palace Convention Center, 251 D
Wednesday, July 20
6:30- 8:00 am ADSA Dairy Specialist/Dairy Related Participants Breakfast, Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown, Salon J
8:00-9:15 am S-PAC Information Update at ADSA exhibit booth
5:00-7:00 pm Informal Calf Gathering, Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown, Salon F
Thursday, July 21
8:00-9:00 am Johne's - Bovine TB Interest Group Salt Palace Convention Center, 251 D
9:30-11:00 am ADSA Undergraduate Symposium:
Telling Our Dairy Story, Salt Palace Convention Center, Grand Ballroom E
12:30-2:00 pm ADSA DF Division Program Planning Lunch Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
12:30-2:00 pm ADSA Production Division Business Meeting Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
3:00-4:30 pm ADSA Graduate Student Three-Minute Thesis Challenge, Salt Palace Convention Center, 250 F
6:30-8:00 pm ADSA Award Ceremony Participants Reception, Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
7:00-8:00 pm ADSA Awards Program, Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown, Salon D/E/F
8:15-9:30 pm JAM Ice Cream Social, Salt Palace Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, North Foyer
Friday, July 22
8:00-9:00 am ADSA Spokesperson Q&A at ADSA exhibit booth
9:30-10:30 am ADSA Business Meeting Salt Palace Convention Center, 258/259
The GSD Newsletter is available
Our Graduate Student division does a great job in many areas. Be sure to read the current July 2016 GSD Newsletter to stay up to date with all their events.
Read about the great GSD events at JAM. We encourage everyone to attend the ADSA Three-Minute Thesis Challenge on Thursday, July 21, from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm.
- Take a look at the dairy industry in the Netherlands in the International Spotlight.
- Get a sneak peek at the GSD election results to meet the incoming GSD Advisory Council.
- Get to know one of the current (and incoming) officers in our Officer Spotlight.
- In case you missed it, the most recent webinar from June featuring casein micelles has just been posted.
Sponsorship Opportunities for Large Dairy Herd Management (3rd edition, e-book)
Nonprofit organizations, companies, and individuals are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to sponsor one or more of the remaining available sections of the Large Dairy Herd Management (LDHM) e-book currently in development. Sponsors will receive recognition for a three-year period as the e-book is used throughout the dairy industry worldwide. The ADSA® Foundation is publishing this extensively revised and updated edition of the book in early 2017.
The third edition (98 chapters) will be available in e-book format (designed to allow for convenient updating) with completely new content. It will be sold at ADSA member, nonmember, and student rates and distributed directly by ADSA.
Anticipated users of the e-book include dairy management professionals, progressive producers, extension educators, consultants, upper-level university students studying dairy science and management, and allied industry representatives. The book is written in a practical application style but reflects the scientific rigor of the Journal of Dairy Science®.
As an e-book sponsor, you will receive international recognition for supporting the delivery of up-to-date, peer-reviewed dairy management information to the global dairy industry. Initial e-book section sponsors will have right of first refusal to renew after the initial three-year period of recognition. For information on sponsorship and the worldwide recognition it will bring, please contact Larry Miller at email@example.com
Michael Socha, PhD, PAS, DPL ACAN
ADSA Foundation Chair
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Help them benefit from the shared resource concept and the 264 years of collective experience the FASS staff have in working with non-profit animal science organizations. If your referral becomes a FASS customer prior to June 1, 2017, ADSA will comp your registration to the 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting that will be held June 25 to 28, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. It's win-win-win. For more information about services offered by FASS, click here.
Are You Part of ADSA® on Linked In
Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow. We now include 1,554 members from around the world, are you one of them? It's a great place to get information and network with other dairy professionals from around the world. Check it out here.
Thanks to our Corporate Sustaining Members
We appreciate your ongoing support of ADSA and the Journal of Dairy Science®.
Ag Processing Inc.
Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition
Dairy Nutrition Plus
Darling International Research
Global Agri-Trade Corporation
Grande Cheese Company
Kent Nutrition Group
Kraft Heinz Foods
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Papillon Agricultural Company
Quali Tech, Inc.
Renaissance Nutrition Inc.
Western Pacific Oils LLC
Zook Nutrition & Management Inc.
ADSA- ASAS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)*, Salt Lake City, UT, for more information click here
July 24-28, 2016
2016 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference (AM/PIC), Little Rock, AR, For more information click here
Aug 2-3, 2016
Milk Pasteurization, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Aug 2-4, 2016
Preventive Controls for Human Food - Individual training, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, Genesee Community College, Batavia NY For more information click here
Aug 15-18, 2016
Food Safety Systems (HACCP) and Implementing SQF, Cornell University, For more information contact
Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Aug 17-18, 2016
2016 Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference*, Embassy Suites, Grapevine, TX, For registration and more information click here
Sept 6-8, 2016
Preventive Controls for Human Food - Individual training, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, FDA Regional Field Office, Jamaica NY, For more information click here
Sept 11-14, 2016
WATER Technologies Short Course - Process & Reuse Water, Wastewater & Desalination, TIPS building, Texas A&M University Campus, College Station, TX For more information click here
Sept 13-14, 2016
Master Artisan Short Course Series, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Sept 14-15, 2016
Advanced Fluid Milk Cornell University, For more information contact Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Sept 15-17, 2016
American Association of Bovine Practitioners*, 49th Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, For more information and registration click here
Sept 21-22, 2016
77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference*, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN, For more information and registration click here
Sept 27-29, 2016
2016 International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health, UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA For more information click here
Oct 3-7, 2016
Cheese Tech Short Course, Babcock, Hall Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Oct 4 - 6, 2016
Introduction to Dairy Processing and Management, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. For more information and registration, click here.
Oct 4-6, 2016
Preventive Controls for Human Food - Individual training, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, NYS Dept. of Ag & Markets Office, Albany NY , For more information click here
Oct 4-8, 2016
50th World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI. For more information click here
Oct 11-12, 2016
Dairy Ingredient Manufacturing, Babcock Hall, Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Oct 11-13, 2016
High Temperature Short Time (HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop, Cornell University, For more information contact Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Oct 13-19, 2016
120th IUSAHA- AAVLD Annual Meeting, Greensboro Sheraton Hotel, Greensboro, NC, For more information click here.
Oct 18-20, 2016
78th Annual Cornell Nutrition Conference for Feed Manufacturers, Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, East Syracuse, NY, For more information and registration click here
Oct 19-20, 2016
Advanced Cheese Making, Cornell University, For more information contact Rob Ralyea Ph: 607-255-7643 or Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Oct 19 - 20, 2016
HTST Maintenance Workshop, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. For more information and registration, click here.
Oct 25-26, 2016
Vat Pasteurization/Basic Cheese Making Workshop, On-line and Cornell University, For more information contact Rob Ralyea Ph: 607-255-7643 or Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Oct 25 - 26, 2016
Advanced Clean In Place (CIP), The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. For more information and registration, click here.
Oct 25-27, 2016
Pasteurizer Operators Workshop, Penn State University, Food Science Building, Curtain and Bigler Roads, University Park, PA 16802, For detail on the workshop and a registration information click here.
Oct 25-30, 2016
American Dairy Goat Association Convention, Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, Austin, Texas. For more information contact ADGA, PO Box 865, Spindale, NC 28160, 828-286-3801 www.ADGA.org.
Nov 1-4, 2016
31st ADSA Discover Conference: Big Data Dairy Management, Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook, IL, For more information click here
Nov 2-4, 2016
Cheese Grading Short Course, Babcock Hall, Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Nov 7-10, 2016
The Science and Art of Cheese Making short course, Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA, for more information and registration click here
Nov 9-10, 2016
Pennsylvania Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, For more information click here
Nov 10-11, 2016
2016 DCRC Annual Meeting, Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, For registration and more information click here
Nov 14-16, 2016
Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals*, St. Louis, MO, For more information and registration click here
Nov 30-Dec 2, 2016
Ice Cream Makers Short Course, Babcock Hall, Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Dec 6-7, 2016
Food Safety Plans for Artisan and Farmstead Processors, Online & Hands-On Location TBD, For more information contact Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference*, Red Lion Hotel-Richland, Richland, WA, For registration and more information click here
Feb 21, 2017
Vermont Dairy Producer's Conference*, Sheraton-Burlington Conference Center, Burlington, VT, For registration and more information click here
Feb 28-Mar 2, 2017
Western Dairy Management Conference*, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, NV, For more information and registration click here
Mar 7 10, 2017
35th Western Canadian Dairy Seminar*, Sheraton Red Deer, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, For more information and registration click here
Apr 17-19, 2017
Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, IN, For more information and registration click here
May 10-11, 2017
California Animal Nutrition Conference (CANC)*, For more information click here
June 25-28, 2017
2017 ADSA Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Pittsburgh, PA. For more information click here
*An S-PAC Partner Conference
If your organization's conference isn't among the ever growing list that contribute proceedings and presentations to S-PAC®, ask your conference organizer to contact Ken Olson for more information about the benefits of participation.
If you would like to have an event included in the "Dates to Note," please contact Ken Olson.
ADSA Membership Benefits
Did you know that your ADSA Professional Membership provides you with:
* Electronic access to the Journal of Dairy Science®
* Joint Annual Meeting at member rates
* Discover Conferences at member rates
* S-PAC: Free access to JAM and ADSA divisional abstracts
* S-PAC subscription at member rates
* Access to recorded symposia library
* ADSA News (association newsletter)
* ADSA Dair e-news (ADSA industry newsletter)
* Access to member directory
* Peer recognition through ADSA and Foundation Award Program
* Discounted page charges in Journal of Dairy Science®
* A strong voice of advocacy for the animal sciences, animal agriculture and agriculture research
* Broad author recognition through ADSA/Elsevier press release program
* Linked In and You Tube sites for ADSA
* Quality networking with academic and industry professionals
* Travel awards for all graduate students attending Discover Conferences
* Opportunity to serve peers via committee and officer positions
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