NAMI takes steps to make food safety a ‘non-competitive issue’

WASHINGTON– The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) announced that its board of directors recently voted unanimously to designate food safety as a non-competitive issue.

With its Protein PACT for the People, Animals and Climate of Tomorrow, NAMI is committed to closing the protein gap by 2025.

“Meat is one of the most needed commodities for families in need, and Meat Institute members give generously nationally and locally to meet that need,” said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO. General of the Meat Institute. “Ending hunger requires even greater collaboration. Declaring food safety as a non-competitive issue will allow the Meat Institute and its members to freely share best practices, an especially important step as the industry prepares to support the September 2022 White House Hunger Conference, nutrition and health.

In addition to the food safety vote, NAMI has also established a Food Safety Committee, co-chaired by Tim Grailer of Tyson Foods and Pete Stoddart of Cargill. The committee will bring together members of the Meat Institute to facilitate discussion, information sharing and problem solving related to charitable giving, hunger relief and food security. One of the areas the group will be looking at will be cold storage and distribution infrastructure.

Protein PACT will host a stakeholder session bringing together Protein PACT partner organizations, NAMI members and experts in animal protein and food security to discuss the role of animal protein in ending hunger. Key outcomes from the stakeholder session will be submitted to the White House organizers for the Hunger, Nutrition and Health Conference.

Other non-competitive issues the Meat Institute has worked on include reducing worker injury and illness, reducing pathogenic bacteria on meat products, including E.coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes and the realization of a 95% of beef, pork and lamb plants voluntarily follow Dr. Temple Grandin’s animal welfare guidelines and audit program.

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