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GAO warns FDA, FSIS about drug residue in seafood imports

U.S. seafood imports from as many as 140 countries reached 6 billion pounds by 2015, with 50 percent coming from foreign fish farms. “As imports of farmed seafood increase, so too do the concerns over the presence of drug residues,” says a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report prepared for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-TN, who… Continue Reading

Audit: Oregon struggling with food safety inspection backlog

An increasing workload and problems with turnover, management oversight and inefficient use of data have all contributed to an inspection backlog of thousands of licensed businesses in Oregon. That’s according to a recently released performance audit of the state’s food safety program, which is housed within the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). “We found that, as of October… Continue Reading

Study Finds Smartphones Can Improve Food Safety Inspections

Smartphones might be an important tool for food safety inspectors because of their inconspicuousness. Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have found that phones used in place of clipboards can improve the quality of data collected during observations. According to a phenomenon called the Hawthorne Effect, people sometimes change their behavior because they know… Continue Reading

Report Details Lack of NH Food Safety Inspections

There are “systemic inadequacies” in New Hampshire’s food safety programs, according to a report released by the state’s Office of Legislative Budget Assistant. The office conducted a performance audit of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Food Protection Section (FPS), to determine how efficient and effective the section was in preventing foodborne illness… Continue Reading

MI Ag Department Wants More Food-Safety Inspection Staff, Higher Fees

The first signs are coming in that states are going to beef up their food-safety regulatory structures in light of better economic times. Michigan, for one, is after its first fee increase in 15 years for its inspection and licensing program, which oversees an estimated 18,000 retail food, processing and warehouse facilities. And the Arlington,… Continue Reading