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USDA delays Obama’s organic livestock standards for review

File comments at regulations.gov after USDA/AMS posts notice today in the Federal Register

The USDA is today publishing a notice in the Federal Register to further delay and reconsider new mandates for handling and transporting livestock and providing avian “living conditions” for poultry raised as organic food. Without the action, the new requirements under the National Organic Program would have taken effect today. Meat and poultry products labeled as… Continue Reading

USDA reopens nominations for microbiological committee

With more than half of the seats open on its National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, the USDA is again seeking nominations for the 30-member panel. In a notice posted Monday in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Agriculture set a Sept. 27 deadline for people to nominate themselves or others for… Continue Reading

Congress hails FSIS for blocking 272 tons of bad foreign catfish

The July 3 publication of the Federal Register made it official. Importers and brokers of catfish were put on notice about USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service’s plans to reinspect all shipments of imported Siluriformes fish and fish products beginning Aug. 2. Congress came up with the idea because lawmakers like the job FSIS is… Continue Reading

FDA continues to trust industry under GRAS substance rule

Tomorrow’s planned publication of a new federal rule on substances in food that are “generally recognized as safe” — GRAS — has already drawn fire that includes possible congressional action. The Food and Drug Administration’s final rule on GRAS substances in human and animal food is scheduled to take effect 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. GRAS substances… Continue Reading

Still time to comment on inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal

Those wishing to comment on draft guidance for industry on inorganic arsenic levels in rice cereals for infants have 14 more days to do so. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that, because of maintenance on the Federal eRulemaking portal, the comment deadline has been extended from July 5 to July 19. The public is… Continue Reading

FSIS Requests Comments on Listeria, Allergen Guidance

Deli Meat & Listeria Prevention

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted four notices to the Federal Register this week. Two solicit comments from the public, while the third provides the agency’s responses to comments on a previous notice. Also posted this week was a fourth notice requesting approval to conduct a new survey of… Continue Reading

FSIS Releases New Compliance Guidelines for Hog Facilities

New compliance guidelines for controlling Salmonella in hog slaughter facilities will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. In a press release, the agency stated that the guidance provides information on best practices that may be applied at hog… Continue Reading

FSIS Extends Comment Period for Tenderized Beef Labeling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on Friday quietly extended the comment period for a long-delayed proposal to require labeling for certain tenderized beef products. The move, which responds to industry requests, means that stakeholders will have 60 days longer, or until October 8, to weigh in on the proposed rule…. Continue Reading