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Country-of-origin labeling has no place in NAFTA 2.0

Opinion

In public policy, as in life, learning from past mistakes is a cardinal rule for success. That is why it was disappointing to see Thomas Gremillion from the Consumer Federation of America advocate for the reinstatement of mandatory country-of-origin labelling (MCOOL) for beef and pork in a recent guest opinion column on the Food Safety News website. Fore… Continue Reading

Americans have a right to know: Where’s the beef — from?

Opinion

This week marks the beginning of formal talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, an agreement President Donald Trump has called the “worst deal in history.” To make it a better deal, his Administration released a set of negotiating objectives last month, but they ignored the most outrageous example of how American consumers… Continue Reading

Food safety insecurity used as a hook against regulatory reform

Each side has just the congressional recess left to practice its hyperbole for the coming Senate fight over how regulations will be used across government. It’s going to get nasty. And confusing. The practice of giving the other side’s bill a dirty name is now a common tactic. Since the Regulatory Accountability Act passed the… Continue Reading

Safe Food Coalition says safe handling labels need a rewrite

Seven well-known consumer groups acting together as the Safe Food Coalition are petitioning USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service for a revised safe handling instruction label for meat, poultry and catfish. The petition calls upon FSIS to continue to require that labels include information about the potential risk of pathogenic contamination in USDA-regulated meat and poultry… Continue Reading

Waldrop Leaving Consumer Federation of America for FDA

Another prominent food safety consumer advocate is moving to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At the end of July, Chris Waldrop will leave his position as director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) to start working at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (CFSAN) Office of… Continue Reading

WTO Rejects U.S. Appeal of COOL Ruling

The World Trade Organization has rejected a U.S. appeal of its decision that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat unfairly discriminates against meat imports and give the advantage to domestic meat products. The final ruling launches a WTO process to determine the level of retaliatory tariffs Canada and Mexico can impose on the U.S., and the… Continue Reading

Report: FSIS Hazards Analysis Regulation Still Lacking in Key Areas

Almost 20 years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) introduced a food safety program called Pathogen Reduction/Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points (PR/HACCP) aimed at verifying the effectiveness of the food safety systems at meat and poultry facilities. That program, however, has at least two ongoing problems, according to a new report… Continue Reading

Failure to Finalize Rules Delays Labels on Mechanically Tenderized Beef

For at least another three years, consumers shopping for steak and other whole cuts of beef will continue to be left in the dark about beef treated with mechanical tenderization, a processing technique that softens up meat but can drive potentially harmful pathogens below the surface. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been working… Continue Reading

Will Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling Be Pushed Back to 2018?

Long-planned efforts to place a label on mechanically tenderized beef may be delayed another two years — until 2018 — if they are not finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the end of this year. For more than a decade, consumer groups and the… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Waldrop Discusses Mechanically Tenderized Beef

Christopher Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America, spoke with Food Safety News at the 2014 Conference of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). The discussion covered the food safety risks associated with mechanically tenderized beef, as well as some of Waldrop’s concerns with the USDA’s new poultry… Continue Reading