MEADE, Kan. -- A new and higher standard for food traceability has been submitted for acceptance to the USDA by the cooperative VeriPrime Inc. of Meade, Kan.

VeriPrime's "Certified Safeguards" foods include a traceability component that constitutes a voluntary consensus standard. VeriPrime has petitioned the Department of Agriculture to adopt this standard in compliance with the National Technology Transfer Advancement Act (NTTAA) and a related directive issued by the Office of Management and Budget.

OMB Circular A-119 requires government agencies to adopt private industry consensus standards in place of their own, Government specific standards. The requirement was advanced by the NTTAA of 1995 to promote conformity and uniformity of national standards.

When USDA meets its obligations under the act the VeriPrime traceability standard would be applied to all food procurement activities of the department including the School Lunch Program, Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, and Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations.

VeriPrime is a member-owned federation of cooperatives.

SOURCE: VeriPrime via Market Wire.