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Halfway into FY 2018, FSIS isn’t seeing much criminal action

The most serious criminal and civil actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) can take are not getting much use this year.  FSIS did not pursue any criminal violations during the first three months of 2018, according to the agency’s quarterly enforcement report. The period is the second quarter of… Continue Reading

USDA continues citation focus against inhumane treatment

Twenty of 27 administrative actions USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service took against America’s largest meat and poultry plants during the government’s second quarter were for the inhumane treatment of animals during slaughter. Three of the other administrative actions against the large plants were for violating sanitation performance standards, two were for Hazard Analysis and… Continue Reading

Big 3 and Big Plants Leave Inhumane Handling Tracks Across FSIS’ Third Quarter

Inhumane treatment in the handling and/or slaughtering of animals was cited last quarter at three out of four large-volume plants where USDA meat inspectors started administrative actions, either now taken or pending, that often end with short suspensions. The nation’s top meat producers — Cargill Meat Solutions, JBS, and Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. — own… Continue Reading

Sentences, Convictions Make Latest FSIS Enforcement Report

A federal sentencing in Arkansas, convictions in Florida, and a guilty plea in Puerto Rico topped fourth-quarter enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). USDA’s final period of the year ended last Oct. 1 at the start of the current federal fiscal year. The three-month quarterly enforcement report… Continue Reading

FSIS Enforcement Action Results in Sentencing in Three Criminal Cases

A trio of successful prosecutions top the quarterly enforcement report from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for the period ending June 30th. The April to June period is the third quarter of the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Linda Chen Mai, an employee of the Trinh Company in San Jose, CA,… Continue Reading

FSIS Reports Enforcement Actions and Quarterly Pathogen Test Results

Criminal convictions topped enforcement actions by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service during the first quarter of 2014. A jury on March 18, 2014, found Linda Chen Mai, an employee of the Trinh Company in San Jose, CA, guilty on four counts of causing meat food products to become misbranded and falsely representing the meat… Continue Reading

USDA Meat Inspectors End Fiscal 2013 With Criminal Plea Agreement, Penalties

A criminal plea agreement with a Nebraska deer meat processor is the most serious infraction disclosed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in the agency’s final quarterly enforcement report for fiscal 2013. Cory D. Allemang, owner of Roman’s II in Norfork, NE, agreed to plead guilty to one count of a three-count indictment… Continue Reading

Big Spike in Food Recalls During Third Quarter

Food recalls occurred at a four-per-day clip during the third quarter, reaching their highest levels in two years, according to data produced by Indianapolis-based Stericycle ExpertRECALL. The rise in recall activity involved nearly 8.5 million units of food and beverages, a 57 percent increase over the previous quarter. Food recalls in the third quarter reached… Continue Reading