What does the Food Safety Modernization Act mean for farmed animal welfare?

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:

WASHINGTON D.C.-U.S. President Barack Obama on January 4,  2011 signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act,  the most extensive update of U.S. food safety legislation since 1938.  The enforcement regulations are due to be completed by 2014.

Though not specifically an animal welfare bill,  the Food Safety Modernization Act has huge implications for animal welfare,  especially in regard to livestock and poultry disease control. The Food Safety Modernization Act specifically does not amend or supercede the Federal Meat Inspection Act,  the Poultry Products Inspection Act,  the Egg Products Inspection Act,  and the Packers & Stockyards Act.  However,  the act includes 28 specific mentions of animals.  Most of the mentions stipulate that the provisions of the Food Safety & Modernization Act extend to protecting animal health as well as human health. Read more

Children and Animals

From: Animal People July/August 1998

Dr. Spock’s last kindness

NEW YORK––Humane childrearing advocate Benjamin Spock, M.D., left some of his most important advice for last:

“We now know that there are harmful effects of a meaty diet,” he stated in the seventh and last edition of Baby And Child Care produced under his direct supervision. “Children can get plenty of protein and iron from vegetables, beans, and other plant foods that avoid the fat and cholesterol that are in animal products.”  Spock also rejected milk. Read more

EDITORIAL: Peace talk

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May 1996:

One of our cover stories this month deals with the ongoing process of strategic disengagement
, on both sides, from the 200-year-old battle over animal use in laboratory research ­­not as a matter of either side abandoning goals, but as a matter of recognizing that common goals may be achieved more readily if the conflict is less intense.

ANIMAL PEOPLE over the past year has advanced 10 suggestions for strategic disengagement in a manner which would simultaneously meet the major practical demands of the animal rights community and the major needs of biomedical research. They are based largely on inclinations already evident among both activists and researchers. Read more

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