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South Korea Granted Poultry Inspection Equivalency

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added South Korea to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the U.S. after determining that the country’s poultry-inspection system is equivalent to ours. “Under this final rule, slaughtered poultry or parts or other products thereof processed in certified Korean establishments will be eligible for export to… Continue Reading

100-Plus Groups Ask Obama to Ditch New Poultry Rules

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More than 100 organizations signed a letter sent to President Obama on Thursday asking the White House to withdraw the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule on the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection.” The organizations signing on to the letter cover a range of interests, from organic food retailers such as Hummingbird Wholesale to groups… Continue Reading

Is Perdue’s ‘Eat Like Your Ancestors’ Campaign Calling for Chicken Industry Reform?

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“Eat like your ancestors.” The phrase brings about feelings of nostalgia for all that is good, simple and natural about food. Perdue’s Harvestland campaign slogan conjures up an image of farming ways of the past. Its website points consumers to chicken recipes from the turn of the century. At that time, the world of chicken… Continue Reading

Chicken from China? Your Seafood is Already Being Processed There

Opinion

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Thanks to our Change.org petition (307,000-plus signatures and rising), millions of Americans have learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to allow U.S chickens to be sent to China for processing and then shipped back to the U.S. for human consumption. This arrangement is particularly alarming given China’s appalling food safety record and… Continue Reading

A Year Later, Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Dozens More

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At least 481 people in 25 states have been sickened in the national Salmonella outbreak tied to Foster Farms brand chicken, according to the latest outbreak update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the last update on Jan. 16, 51 new cases have been reported from five states: Arizona (3), California… Continue Reading

The HACCP Inspection Models Project Has More Problems Than Solutions

Opinion

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) intends to implement a sweeping and total change to its food safety program by drastically modifying carcass-by-carcass inspection and reducing the government surveillance of meat and poultry safety. This has become known as the HACCP Based Models Project, or “HIMP.” FSIS has been trying… Continue Reading

Fight Over Salmonella and Adulterants Spills Into the Chicken Coop

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2013 was a standout year for Foster Farms, though not for the right reasons. The West Coast poultry giant was tied to two multi-state Salmonella outbreaks this past year, each making national headlines and together causing more than 550 confirmed illnesses and nearly 200 hospitalizations. The estimated number ill approached 20,000. The outbreaks highlighted the… Continue Reading

Foster Farms Reopens California Poultry Plant

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After more than a week of voluntary closure to expand “manufacturing procedures and monitoring systems,” Foster Farms today reopened its poultry plant in Livingston, CA. Operations at the plant were originally shut down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 8 for a cockroach infestation. Before that, the plant was one of three tied to an… Continue Reading

Advocates Ask Foster Farms About Antibiotics Use

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More than 30 advocate groups sent a letter to Foster Farms CEO Ron Foster this week asking the company to disclose its use of antibiotics and pledge to avoid routine use of the drugs in raising its chickens. This comes after a Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 416 was linked to the company’s products…. Continue Reading

Foster Farms Again Halts Operations at Troubled CA Plant

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Foster Farms is voluntarily halting operations at its troubled plant in Livingston, CA, according to a news release from the company. Operations at the plant were originally shut down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 8 for a cockroach infestation. Before that, the plant was one of three tied to an ongoing Salmonella… Continue Reading