MeatTrack.com is affiliated with a variety of organizations related to the meat industry. These organizations fall under three different categories:
- Sponsoring organizations are those who support MeatTrack.com financially. These include the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the National Pork Board and the American Lamb Board.
- Standards organizations are those involved with the development and ongoing maintenance of industry standards. These include the Industry-Wide Cooperative Meat Identification Standards Committee (ICMISC), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and GS1.
- Participating organizations rely on and use MeatTrack.com to maintain the current standards for their industry.
MeatTrack.com was developed with the combined efforts and financial support of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the National Pork Board (NPB) and the American Lamb Board (ALB). These organizations represent the interests of the beef, pork and lamb industries. The mission of these organizations is to increase consumer demand for their products. To accomplish this, they provide education and training throughout all segments of their industries, promoting competitiveness and profitability.
- The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is the trade association representing the beef industry, promoting research and other industry-related activities. The NCBA represents America's one million plus cattle farmers and ranchers with over 29,000 individual members and represents more than 230,000 breeders, producers and feeders.
- The National Pork Board is a 15-member board consisting of producers or importers. They are nominated by industry delegates and approved by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The National Pork Board represents U.S. pork producers.
- The American Lamb Board is a 14-member board that receives its appointments from the Secretary of Agriculture; their work is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The American Lamb Board represents all segments of the lamb industry.
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Confusion is inevitable when there are different standards, even if some of those standards are compatible. Future and global goals aim to combine all aspects of the industry under a common umbrella of standardization. MeatTrack.com seeks to develop and maintain consistent standards throughout all segments of the industry. To bring this about, MeatTrack.com participates with three standards organizations:
- The Industry-Wide Cooperative Meat Identification Standards Committee (ICMISC) is a consortium of retailers, suppliers, government agencies, and industry professionals that were involved in the development and implementation of the URMIS system. The ICMISC is also the watch group that maintains the integrity and consistency of the system.
- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides guidance regarding food, agriculture, natural resources, nutrition, and related issues.
- GS1 is a global standards organization responsible for the development and maintenance of the GS1 system. The GS1 system is a suite of standards that enables companies to efficiently share business information with trading partners and to improve internal business processes, driving cost-savings into business built on globally unique number assignments for barcodes.
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Participating organizations are members of MeatTrack.com that include retailers, suppliers, packers, associations, organizations, consultants, and livestock producers. Membership is open to anyone that has the common interests and goals of MeatTrack.com; membership does not require a fee.
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Meat Solutions, Inc. provides the VMMEAT® system which combines standards, technology and experience to effectively track variable-measure meat products. The VMMEAT® system updates the applications and lists used on MeatTrack.com.
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