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FSIS announces proposed changes regarding hog processing, paperwork on recalls

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend federal meat inspection regulations regarding when hog carcasses must be cleaned before being processed and the amount of paperwork required when establishments voluntarily recall meat, poultry, and egg products. It is proposing to renew the process of collecting information regarding adulterated or misbranded products…. Continue Reading

Halfway into FY 2018, FSIS isn’t seeing much criminal action

The most serious criminal and civil actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) can take are not getting much use this year.  FSIS did not pursue any criminal violations during the first three months of 2018, according to the agency’s quarterly enforcement report. The period is the second quarter of… Continue Reading

DeLauro pushes FDA for answers on egg outbreak investigation

Connecticut democrat Rep. Rosa DeLauro Monday sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb asking for additional information regarding the ongoing investigation of a Salmonella outbreak traced to shelled eggs. The outbreak is currently responsible for 35 infections — including 11 hospitalizations — across 9 states. After its initial report April 16, the Centers for… Continue Reading

Grand jury scolds county for response to Hepatitis A outbreak

San Diego’s recent Hepatitis A epidemic was mishandled by public health officials, according to a newly minted country grand jury report. It charges San Diego County’s Public Health Officer was slow to declare a public health emergency and the command structure during the outbreak was lacking. The 20-page report also speculates on the possibility that… Continue Reading

Straightforward, step-by-step recalls are best for everyone

Opinion

One month after leaving FDA, I was asked to advise a company that was about to undergo a food recall for the first time.    In my tenure at the Food and Drug Administration, leading communications for the foods program, I was usually involved in recalls tied to major outbreaks or to complex, potentially high-risk… Continue Reading

Senate committee has yet to schedule hearing for Brashears

In the two weeks since President Trump nominated Mindy Brashears as USDA’s next Under Secretary for Food Safety, not much has happened. The Senate has assigned management of her confirmation to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. But the committee has not announced a hearing schedule. Brashears is a Texas Tech University food… Continue Reading

USDA hits the brakes on proposal to set up organic ‘check-off’

Beef has “It’s what’s for dinner.” Pork has “The Other White Meat.” And Dairy has “Milk Does A Body Good.” The USDA’s “check-off” programs are behind those famous slogans, but you won’t soon be hearing one for organic food. Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture terminated proceedings begun under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information… Continue Reading

Scientific advisory appointees continue focus on food safety

Eighteen new members of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods are in place, joining a dozen returning members in the mission to provide science-based advice about food safety to the federal government. “The committee members represent a diverse group from academia, consumers, the food industry, laboratories, consultants and government agencies, all of… Continue Reading