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EPA nominee had little to do with ‘busload of lawyers’ case

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Oklahoma’s famous “busload of lawyers” case is back in the news because of president-elect Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is Oklahoma’s Attorney General. Environmental groups are saying Pruitt did not pursue a pollution case against the Arkansas poultry industry because he received  $40,000 in campaign… Continue Reading

Small recall of chicken salad at Whole Foods stores in east

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Attleboro, MA-based Willow Tree Poultry Farm Inc. is recalling 204 pounds of chicken salad products because of misbranding, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The consumer ready product containers are labeled as chicken salad with the USDA mark of inspection, but actually contain an egg salad product, according to the Jan…. Continue Reading

EWG founder supports organic fee for marketing, research

Opinion

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Editor’s note: The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is seeking public comments on a proposal for a nationwide research and promotion fee program to be paid by producers and handlers in the organic industry. Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group wrote this opinion piece, which was originally posted on FoodTank.com on… Continue Reading

Trump to name Georgia’s Sonny Perdue to run the USDA

Ag secretary responsibilities include food safety efforts for meat, poultry, catfish and eggs

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The next secretary of agriculture is expected to be former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. President-elect Donald J. Trump plans to announce the Perdue appointment Thursday, according to multiple media reports. As head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Perdue’s responsibilities would include overseeing the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is the food safety agency for meat,… Continue Reading

Misbranding brings recall of Harry & David fully cooked turkey

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Burger’s Ozark Country Cured in California, MO, is recalling 1,905 pounds of fully cooked turkey products because of misbranding, according to  the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The fully cooked turkeys were produced on Nov. 22, 2016, and packaged on Nov. 23, 2016, according to the Jan. 18 recall notice. Consumers… Continue Reading

Frozen turkey dog food recalled for Listeria; people also at risk

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Blue Ridge Beef is recalling its frozen, raw turkey pet food from retailers in four states because it a poses a danger to people and their animals because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. “This recall was initiated with FDA inspection and sampling of the product,” according to the company’s recall notice posted on the Food… Continue Reading

FSIS issues new notice on slaughter, humane handling

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a new notice with instructions for Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs), inspection program personnel (IPP) and District Veterinary Medical Specialists (DVMs) regarding humane handling and slaughter. It directs official livestock establishments to determine if their written systematic approach for human handling meets… Continue Reading