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USDA Petitioned to Block Imported Meat From Privatized Inspection Systems

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Food and Water Watch has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revoke equivalency status for four meat inspection programs in Canada, Australia and New Zealand because they have replaced government meat inspectors with company employees. The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) “has based its equivalency determinations for these inspection systems for meat imports on… Continue Reading

Australian Salmonella Cases Nearly Doubled Over Past 10 Years

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The increasing incidence of Salmonella infections in Australia has prompted health officials Down Under to warn the public about the risks of consuming raw or undercooked eggs. According to a story published Tuesday at Good Food.com.au, Salmonella cases in Australia have almost doubled in the past 10 years from about 7,000 cases in 2003 to… Continue Reading

Imports and Exports: The Global Beef Trade

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture updated the nation’s stance on beef imports with regard to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the fatal affliction in cattle commonly known as “Mad Cow Disease.” The U.S. is moving to adopt international standards set forth by the World Organization for Animal Health, which bases trade policies on… Continue Reading

Food & Water Watch Questions USDA Assessment of Australian Meat-Inspection System

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Consumer rights group Food & Water Watch has expressed concern in a new letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2011 decision to reaffirm equivalency status to the meat-inspection systems in Australia. The concern stems from the fact that the Australian Export Meat Inspection System (AEMIS) has removed government meat… Continue Reading

E. coli Outbreak Linked to Australian Petting Zoo Sickens 12

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At least 12 people – primarily children – have likely fallen ill after visiting a petting zoo at a fair in Brisbane, Australia. Four people, including three girls between the ages of six and 13, have tested positive for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in connection with the Ekka, an annual fair-like agricultural show in Queensland…. Continue Reading

CDC: New Strain of Norovirus Swept U.S. Over Past Few Months

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A new strain of norovirus, which is thought to have originated in Australia, was the leading cause of norovirus outbreaks in the United States from September to December 2012, according to a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new strain, first detected… Continue Reading

Two Dead in Australian Listeria Outbreak Linked to Soft Cheese

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A Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to soft cheeses has sickened 18 people in Australia; two victims have died and one woman miscarried as a result of infection with the bacteria. The outbreak began in November of 2012, at which time an 84-year-old man from Victoria and a 44-year-old Tasmanian man died as a result of… Continue Reading

Food & Water Watch Criticizes USDA on Australia’s ‘Privatized Meat Inspection’

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Food & Water Watch is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to review its decision to allow the newly privatized meat inspection system of Australia to be considered equivalent to U.S. inspection, according to a press release by the group. In a letter sent to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week, the group pointed… Continue Reading

KFC Wants Out of $8 Million Award for Wheelchair-Bound Girl

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Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Australia opted to appeal the $8 million that a trial court award to a brain damaged teenage girl who was infected with Salmonella from eating a contaminated chicken twister at the fast food restaurant. Monika Samaan, now 14, has already waited more than seven years to be compensated for injuries… Continue Reading

Contaminated Beef Mars Australia’s Usually Clean Track Record

The ground beef product that was recalled last week by two South Carolina-based manufacturers was imported from Australia and contaminated before it arrived, according to one of the importers.   After testing conducted by the South Carolina Meat and Poultry Inspection Department revealed E. coli in a sample of boxed beef from Australia, two U.S…. Continue Reading