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ASTM International forms livestock subcommittee.

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March 5, 2010 - Complementing marketing claims in advertising and promotions with third-party certification or verification is important in any industry. Part of ASTM International Committee F10 on Livestock, Meat, and Poultry Evaluation Systems, subcommittee F10.60 will be working on standards for verification in livestock and meat industry. Meat processors, purveyors, and retailers as well as consumers will use F10.60 standards. Subcommittee is currently at work on marketing claim standard for "tender" meat.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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New ASTM International Livestock Subcommittee Formed to Develop Standards for Marketing Claims

Press release date: March 2, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., -Being able to complement marketing claims in advertising and promotions with third-party certification or verification is important in any industry. A new ASTM subcommittee will be working on standards for such verification in the livestock and meat industry. The new subcommittee, F10.60 on Livestock, Meat and Poultry Marketing Claims, is part of ASTM International Committee F10 on Livestock, Meat and Poultry Evaluation Systems. "The livestock and meat supply chain and ensuing customers would benefit from common trade language of finished goods," says Martin E. O'Connor, chairman of F10.60. "In general, livestock and meat marketing claim standards facilitate communication by enhancing the understanding of particular claims among producers, processors and consumers." According to O'Connor, who is chief of the standards, analysis and technology branch of the livestock and seed program at the Agricultural Marketing Service (part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture), meat processors, purveyors and retailers as well as consumers will all use F10.60 standards. O'Connor cites the following example: "If you were at a grocery store and wanted to purchase steaks for your upcoming dinner party, which item would you choose to impress your guests? The package that states 'beef ribeye steak' or the package that states, 'beef ribeye steak - certified very tender'? The latter employs a market claim that helps the consumer make an informed decision about what they are purchasing." The subcommittee is currently at work on a marketing claim standard for "tender" meat. "We have compiled much data and research on this subject and are working on the framework of the claim itself," says O'Connor. "Additional insight from producers, processors, retailers, food service professionals and consumers is always valuable." O'Connor says the subcommittee is also interested in hearing suggestions for other marketing claim standards and would like to hear from trade organizations that may be able to offer market research on consumer needs. ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN. ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org. ASTM Committee F10 Next Meeting: April 21-22, April committee week, St. Louis, Mo. Technical Contact: Martin E. O'Connor, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., Phone: 202-720-7046; martin.oconnnor@ams.usda.gov ASTM Staff Contact: Kathleen McClung, Phone: 610-832-9717; kmcclung@astm.org ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org www.astm.org

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