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New FSIS Salmonella Performance Standards for Beef and Poultry Expected

Report out of NAMA Conference

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A top official with USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service (FSIS) told a meat industry conference that ended Sunday in Charleston, SC, to expect new performance standards for Salmonella. Rachel Edelstein, acting assistant administrator of the FSIS Office of Policy and Program Development, told the North American Meat Association meeting that her unit is testing… Continue Reading

Judge: Subpoenas of PCA’s Past Lawyers Now ‘Potentially Moot’

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With jury deliberations on a break until Thursday morning, one set of defense attorneys involved in the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives appear certain of victory. These are defense attorneys the jury has never seen since they are former PCA business lawyers who, behind the scenes in the trial,… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Noodle Manufacturer and Seafood Processor

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Modern Macaroni Co. Ltd., manufacturers of Hawaiian-style Hula Brand noodles, earlier this month received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) charging that two of its major products are adulterated. The FDA warning letter states that the artificially colored shrimp flakes known as Hula Brand Hana Ebi and the Hula Brand… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Seven of the PCA Trial

Opinion

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Anyone involved in a big trial, even as a casual observer, probably feels a little unsettled when the case goes to the jury as we are all just left sitting around and waiting. We don’t wait well. But now, in the federal criminal trial in Albany, GA, we wait. The case involving those three former… Continue Reading

Food & Water Watch Sues USDA Over New Poultry Inspection Rule

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Food & Water Watch (FWW) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture on Thursday that would stop the implementation of the agency’s New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). The new poultry inspection rule, announced July 31, requires additional microbiological testing at all poultry processing facilities and introduces a fifth inspection system available for U.S. plants to voluntarily… Continue Reading

NRDC Releases FSIS Inspection Reports on Foster Farms

Group calls many of the reports 'incredibly unsavory'

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At first blush, it might seem like overkill to go back five years collecting noncompliance reports (NRs) from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for all Foster Farms facilities. That’s exactly what the New York City-based National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) did Thursday in dumping 300 pages of NRs on Foster Farms in the public square…. Continue Reading

Closing Arguments Today in Peanut Corporation of America Criminal Trial

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The jury today will hear closing arguments in the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case in Albany, GA. One of the final acts in a drama six years in the making, the closings will get underway on the 32nd day of the twice-delayed trial that began July 28 in U.S. District Court for the Middle… Continue Reading

Taylor: Reproposed FSMA Rules Are ‘Close’

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Don’t expect comment period extensions for the reproposed rules regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). That’s what Michael Taylor, the Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told attendees Wednesday at the United Fresh Produce Association Washington Conference. He said he had hoped to be discussing details of the reissued produce… Continue Reading

New Food Police Unit Coming Soon to the UK

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An independent report suggesting that the United Kingdom needs a special food police unit uses the Danes and the Dutch as examples and not the United States, where more than a dozen food industry executives this year have been subjected to investigations resulting in felony criminal charges. Professor Chris Elliott from Queen’s University Belfast is… Continue Reading

Celebrate Food Safety Education Month With a Clean Kitchen

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(This article by Barb Fuller and Laura Sternweis was published Sept. 4, 2014, by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and is reposted here with permission.) September is National Food Safety Education Month and an appropriate way to celebrate is to clean the kitchen, says an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist. “The kitchen… Continue Reading