Government Agencies

XL Foods E. coli Beef Recall Expands Again

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) over the weekend again expanded its recall of beef products from XL Foods for E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The Canadian recall, which has now been expanded 12 times, has affected 30 U.S. states and multiple American retailers, including Walmart, Sam's Club, and Kroger. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service last...

USDA Gives Consumers an Electronic Way to Register Complaints Around the Clock

Consumers now have an electronic system for reporting problems with meat, poultry and egg products from USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)."Consumers are an important source of the information that FSIS needs to ensure that America's supply of meat, poultry and egg products is safe," said Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen Thursday. "This new tool empowers...

USDA to Host Food Safety Chat on Twitter

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be going live at 3 p.m. EST to answer questions about food safety on Twitter.Anyone is invited to attend these "virtual office hours," hosted by Dr. Elizabeth Hagen, USDA's Under Secretary for Food Safety in honor of National Food Safety Education Month.  USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service provided a list of topics...

XL Foods E. coli Recall Includes 890,000 Pounds of Beef Shipped to U.S.

Questions remain about the slow-moving Canadian recall

The massive Canadian XL Foods E. coli recall  -- which has now been expanded seven times -- includes some 890,000 pounds of beef manufacturing trim and an unknown amount of boxed beef that was sent to 12 U.S. processors, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency said Wednesday that officials have not yet...

FSIS: Canadian Beef Recalled for E. coli Was Used for U.S. Raw Ground Beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food  Safety and Inspection Service is alerting the public that whole muscle cuts related to a large, ongoing Canadian E. coli O157:H7 beef recall were used to produce raw ground beef products. The agency said it made the discovery while conducting standard recall effectiveness checks of all U.S. establishments that received the recalled beef from...

Rep. Slaughter Calls for Greater FDA Focus on Preserving Antibiotics

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) -- the only microbiologist in Congress and a longtime advocate of reining in the use of antibiotics in agriculture -- is again calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to do more to combat the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.The congresswoman released a statement Tuesday after the FDA announced a new internal task force to...

USDA Criticized for Slow Response to Canadian E. coli O157:H7 Recall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is taking heat for what some are calling a too slow response to a massive Canadian beef recall for E. coli O157:H7. Washington, DC-based advocacy group Food & Water Watch sharply criticized FSIS Friday, saying it was "stunning" that the agency still hasn't issued a formal recall several days after...

Food Maker Registration Under FSMA Including Farms Begins Oct. 1

All domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. must register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).Registering any time between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 will keep food companies in compliance with FSMA, according to FDA. Renewal registrations...

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Set Arsenic Limits for Rice Products

In response to a recent Consumer Reports investigation on arsenic in rice, Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced legislation that would to limit the amount of arsenic permitted in rice and rice-based products.  In a release from the lawmakers, they said they were taking action because the investigation revealed "alarmingly high levels of arsenic"...

Advocates Ask USDA to Halt Poultry Inspection Plan

Plan jeopardizes worker, food safety, groups say

Citing worker safety and food safety concerns, a mix of health, labor and consumer groups is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withdraw a proposal to scale back the physical inspection of poultry. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, 23 groups and 16 individuals on Thursday lodged a number of criticisms of the USDA's HACCP Inspection (HIMP)...

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