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GAO says USDA needs to tighten up policies at certain labs

A federal review of laboratories handling many of the most dangerous pathogens on the planet, including some that can be foodborne such as Brucella and bacterium that cause botulism poisoning, shows room for improvement. The “high-containment laboratories” are overseen by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services via the Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

USDA Gives GE Potato ‘Nonregulated’ Status

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, that they had made a determination of “nonregulated status” for the Innate potato, which is genetically engineered to resist late blight and black spot bruising. This Russet Burbank variety was developed by the J.R. Simplot Company, a… Continue Reading

CDC: 181 People in 40 States Infected With Salmonella From Contact With Live Poultry

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working with state public health, veterinary, and agriculture officials, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to investigate four multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry. As of June 29, 2015, there were 181 people reported from… Continue Reading

Who Should Conduct Biotech Crop Assessments?

Are companies with a vested interest in the outcome of environmental assessment studies qualified to conduct those studies themselves? A pilot project announced by an agency at the United States Department of Agriculture is preparing to give for-profit corporations the ability to do just that. Earlier this month, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection… Continue Reading

DeLauro Probes USDA on Chinese Poultry Policy

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Friday asking him for details on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)’s new interim rule to loosen restrictions on poultry imports from countries, like China, that have faced avian influenza in the past. DeLauro is concerned  DeLauro’s office said the… Continue Reading

USDA Completes Impact Statement on GM Alfalfa

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it has two preferred options regarding alfalfa genetically modified to resist Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup–that it should either be allowed without restrictions, or allowed with certain geographic and isolation restrictions on seeds and, in some places, on hay. In analyzing the potential impacts of three proposed alternatives,… Continue Reading

Agencies Launch Online Food Defense Tool

The federal government has launched a new tool to help farmers and producers keep food safe from bioterrorism. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have created an online tool called CARVER + Shock to help those in the food business “assess… Continue Reading