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USDA’s acting officials use face time to promote agency agenda

Meeting with people outside the federal government usually means hearing about somebody’s else’s agenda, but USDA’s top food safety officials apparently think it can be a two-way street. During this past December and January, Carmen Rottenberg and Paul Kiecker have used their meetings with outside parties to promote USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)… Continue Reading

USDA drafts rule for eggs, egg substitutes used in many foods

Eggs and egg substitutes used as ingredients in other foods could be subject to new safety rules from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Safety plans and measures to ensure that eggs are free of pathogens like Salmonella are among the requirements of the proposed regulations. The 252-page draft rule would require egg plants to… Continue Reading

Consumer and industry representatives meeting with FSIS

The USDA’s top food safety officials are for the first time making public the names of consumer and industry representatives they meet with during separate monthly meetings. The meetings on Nov. 14 included Carmen Rottenberg, acting deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, and Paul Kiecker, acting administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service. Disclosure… Continue Reading

Codex transfer was not held up for lack of talk about it

In most months, industry and consumer representatives, each get one meeting with USDA’s top brass at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). But in September, acting FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker and temporary Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Carmen Rottenberg met twice with each group, once on Sept. 7 and again on Sept. 21…. Continue Reading

USDA’s temporary food safety administrators are in demand

If Carmen Rottenberg and Paul Kiecker are feeling just a bit like Lucy and Charlie Brown, it’s understandable. During the first month of holding down USDA’s top two food safety jobs on an acting basis, Rottenberg and Kiecker have taken 19 meetings with people outside the federal government. By taking on the jobs of USDA’s… Continue Reading

USDA expands FoodKeeper App to include food recall alerts

Thanks to recent updates made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, users of the FoodKeeper application can choose to receive automatic notifications for food safety recalls. Since its launch in April 2015, FoodKeeper has reached about 150,000 downloads. Now, when the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration announce food recalls, users can select to receive alerts as they happen, once a… Continue Reading

FSIS, FDA leadership does yearly lounge act before IAFP

TAMPA, FL — Stephen Ostroff, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Monday admitted to felling a little anxious about data showing the incidence of foodborne illnesses is not going down and, for some pathogens, is on the increase. Ostroff, who has run the infectious disease assets of the Centers for Disease… Continue Reading

Not a lot of outsider demand for meetings with “acting” agency heads

Al Almanza and Carmen Rottenberg are keeping the coffee hot at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) but they are not getting many takers during this transition in government period. Almanza, the acting deputy undersecretary for USDA’s food safety office who also doubles as FSIS administrator, and Rottenberg, who has… Continue Reading