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USDA reorganization plan could reduce food safety protections

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A seemingly minor component of the USDA reorganization plan released last week could have a negative impact on food safety as the plan gets implemented. Much of the focus has been on the creation of a new undersecretary for trade position, but the plan also calls for the establishment of an interagency committee that would… Continue Reading

Discovery of rare E. coli O111 triggers recall of veal, beef, pork

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Marcho Farms Inc., in Souderton, PA, has recalled 5,620 pounds of boneless veal, ground veal, and beef and pork products that may be adulterated with non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O111, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The veal, beef and pork products were produced on April 11… Continue Reading

USDA beefs up scrutiny of Brazilian beef amid bribery scandal

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None of the slaughter or processing facilities targeted by the Federal Police in Brazil have shipped meat products to the United States, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Nevertheless, FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw and ready-to-eat beef products from Brazil once it heard a scandal was brewing…. Continue Reading

Federal police drop dragnet on Brazilian meat inspectors

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Brazil’s Federal Police last week were out to clean up some corruption in the country’s meatpacking industry in a big, but targeted way. Two major exporting companies, JBS and BRF, are being probed for possible payoffs to meat inspectors who are being accused of waiving food safety requirements. Brazil on March 17 deployed 1,100 police… Continue Reading

Reports of sick dogs trigger recalls by WellPet, Blue Buffalo

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Consumer complaints about sick pets have spurred nationwide recalls by WellPet LLC and Blue Buffalo Co. because of potentially excessive levels of beef thyroid hormone in their dog foods. Each company — WellPet LLC of Tewksbury, MA, and Blue Buffalo Co. of Wilton, CT — recalled specific production lots of one flavor of their canned… Continue Reading

4 tons of shaved beef contaminated with plastic recalled

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After receiving complaints from a retailer, Boston’s F.B. Packing Co. Inc. recalled  8,430 pounds of shaved beef products that may be contaminated with plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported Monday. The shaved steak items were produced on Dec. 21, 2016. The recalled products can be identified by the following… Continue Reading

Wyoming, South Dakota nix country-of-origin-labeling for beef

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Mandatory country-of-origin-labeling bills for beef and ground beef made it out of committees in Pierre and Cheyenne, but got no further in the farm and ranch friendly South Dakota and Wyoming Legislatures. Senate Bill 135 went down in the South Dakota Senate on Feb. 25. It would have required grocery stores in the Rushmore State… Continue Reading

Sedative in dog food; Evanger’s issues recall after dog dies

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At least five dogs have been sickened and one has died after eating Evanger’s “Hunk of Beef” canned food. A barbiturate, Pentobarbital, has been confirmed in one lot of the food and the company is concerned people may still have unused cans in their homes. Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL, is recalling… Continue Reading

USDA investment in research pays off with E. coli defenses

In the Nebraska laboratory of Rodney A. Moxley, intern Kenda Jackson examines blood agar plates while researching the effect of certain antibiotics on the detection of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in cattle. Jackson, a recent graduated from Tuskegee University in Alabama, was part of a team supported by a USDA Coordinated Agricultural Project grant. Photo by Craig Chandler/University Communications

A $25 million research project that has already produced improved detection and eradication techniques for toxic E. coli is beginning its seventh year with the continued goal of reducing public health risks. Scientists and educators at 18 institutions have been working on the project, funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that… Continue Reading

Researchers in Scotland develop E. coli vaccine for cattle

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The two North American vaccines developed since 2010 to reduce the dangerous E. coli in cattle by as much as 98 percent are still in limited demand in the marketplace. But that has not stopped a Scottish group from developing a third vaccine for the same purpose. The Moredun and Roslin Institutes, along with Scotland’s Rural… Continue Reading