Enter the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association and the highly anticipated joint agreement between the Food and Drug Administration and United States Agriculture Department over oversight of
cell-based meat technology.
The deal – released last month – calls for FDA and USDA to each do what they do best. FDA will regulate cell collection, cell banks, and differentiation.
Breaking out major prognostic tools (including an 8-ball, Ouija board, paper fortune teller and dart board...yeah we're high tech around here) here are some of the big agricultural issues on the horizon for 2019.
ByKaolin Sewell/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a first-of-its kind pill that reduces the amount of ammonia gas emissions in beef cattle and their manure. However, some critics are doubting its overall effectiveness.
Heightened concern about antibiotic resistance has put livestock antibiotic use into question, but not without pushback from large hog confinement operators who say they are using antibiotics judiciously.
Salmonella and campylobacter caused the most reported bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016, preliminary data recently released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s FoodNet program has found.
The federal government has taken steps aimed at reducing the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a serious health threat that sickens an estimated 2 million people in the United States each year. But nobody knows if those steps — many focused on monitoring the antibiotics given to cattle, hogs and chickens raised for food — are working.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that it would take significant steps toward eliminating trans fats in American food within the next three years. The move will likely change the way major food producers make popular foods, including some coffee creamers, frozen pizzas, refrigerated dough products and fast food. According to experts, this production change will be largely propelled by an increase in the demand for palm oil, a substitute made from certain tropical trees.