Friday, December 07, 2012

AMI Foundation President James H. Hodges today praised a report from the Presidential Council on Science and Technology (PCAST) calling for expanded investment in agriculture science and technology, including a $700 million federal increase in federal agriculture research funding.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced modifications to the June 25 Food Safety Challenge Area request for applications (RFA) under the agency’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.  The FY 2012 and 2013 RFAs have been combined and funding amounts increased.  Letters of intent will now be due September 17, 2012 while the applications will be due December 5, 2012.  Approximately $10 million will available for new awards under the combined FY 2012/13… read more

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Registration is now open for the AMI Foundation’s popular Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop on September 24-25, 2012, at The Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Every day, ready-to-eat (RTE) manufacturers face the challenge of controlling Listeria monocytogenes in order to produce a safe, nutritious product. The AMI Foundation has worked with experts across the industry to develop a learning experience tailored to meet those… read more

Friday, May 11, 2012

The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) today released its 2012-2013 request for pre-proposals (RFP).AMIF invites pre-proposals on applied and fundamental research that will improve the control of microbial pathogens in meat and poultry products.  AMIF is soliciting pre-proposals on controlling Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in fresh beef products, Listeria monocytogenes on ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products, and Salmonella in meat and… read more

Friday, April 27, 2012

The AMI Foundation (AMIF) Board of Directors recently approved funding for seven new research projects that address a broad spectrum of food safety concerns.  The following projects were recommended for funding by the AMIF Research Advisory Committee.

Dr. Haley Oliver, Purdue University, will evaluate control strategies for retail delis which demonstrate high prevalence rates of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in the environment.  This research builds on results from an… read more

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration updated its handbook of basic information on foodborne bacteria, viruses, parasites, prions and naturally-occurring toxins on it is website.  The second edition of the “Bad Bug Book” includes new chapters on Cronobacter, Enterococcus, Franscinella tularensis, phytohaemagglutinin and venomous fish, along with updated chapters on Salmonella, Listeria, pathogenic Escherichia coli, among others.

Friday, March 09, 2012

AMI Foundation President Jim Hodges stressed the importance of properly funding agriculture research during comments delivered today before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

“As a funding organization, the Foundation understands the challenges that face funding groups and the researchers seeking support,” Hodges stated during the public meeting. “ The monies available for research are shrinking and never more so in the area of agricultural research… read more

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) in partnership with Alchemy Systems announced the release of two new animal handling training videos designed for cattle and hog plant employees. Designed with the animal in mind, the videos detail basic principles of livestock behavior and low stress handling, including eliminating distractions, understanding the flight zone and proper stunning.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The AMI Foundation (AMIF) today provided feedback on the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program during a stakeholders meeting. AMIF encouraged continuous support and long-term funding of food safety research, especially as the meat and poultry industry faces significant food safety challenges.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

A  public meeting sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in January addressed  federal efforts to advance tri-agency understanding of foodborne illness source attribution and to develop a path forward towards harmonizing estimates of foodborne illness source attribution for priority pathogens.