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Evanger’s blames supplier, FDA, for Pentobarbital in dog food

FDA says beef suppliers are not registered; Evanger’s hints at expanded recall

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Breaking news: Evanger’s reveals presence of horse DNA in its Hunk of Beef dog food in a Wednesday letter to its customers. The company will recall all of its Hunk of Beef, Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy and Against the Grain Pulled Beef. The formal recall announcement will be issued this week. Consumer complaints continue… Continue Reading

Toughest criminal and civil actions were not used during 1Q

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) completed the first quarter of the federal fiscal year without major use of either the civil or criminal courts, which is a bit unusual. The FSIS quarterly enforcement report for the three month period ending Dec. 31, 2016, shows no seizures or injunctions or other major civil actions… Continue Reading

FDA confirms euthanasia agent pentobarbital in dog food

Pet owners warned to avoid certain Evanger’s and Against the Grain dog food

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The Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and pet caretakers not to feed their pets with certain lots of Evanger’s and Against the Grain dog food after confirming the presence of the euthanasia agent pentobarbital in both products. Following discussions with FDA, Evanger’s announced a voluntary recall Feb. 3 of five lots of… Continue Reading

January saw few outside meetings for top food safety officials

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The federal government’s transition month of January saw only a handful of meetings involving top food safety officials and members of the public. Both the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration report on meetings between their top officials and people outside the government. FSIS reports on those meetings… Continue Reading

FSIS calls public meeting on food allergens for March 16

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reports “a notable increase” in the number of recalls due to undeclared allergens in regulated products and the agency has called a public meeting to talk about it. According to FSIS, more than 170 foods have been reported to cause allergic reactions, but most… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Michael Partridge of the USDA

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Michael Partridge is a Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) serving in the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Philadelphia district of the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service. As a CSI, Partridge greatly impacts food safety… Continue Reading

USDA says beef hearts are now OK in ground beef

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UPDATE: Aaron Lavallee, deputy assistant administrator in the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, today told Food Safety News there’s nothing new about beef hearts being permitted by the regulations in ground beef. “There is no change to FSIS regulations,” Lavallee says. “Ground beef that consumers purchase every day… Continue Reading

Federal hiring freeze disrupts USDA’s food safety testing

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As the federal government continues the transition that comes every time a new administration moves into the White House, a hiring freeze and an order from President Donald Trump that temporarily puts new regulations on hold are having varying consequences for food safety efforts. Officials at the Food and Drug Administration said the president’s pause… Continue Reading

Ground pork sausage recalled by Northern Colorado company

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Colorado’s Atlas Meat Co. in Fort Collins Wednesday recalled just more than a ton of pork sausage because of misbranding, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The pork products may contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the product label, according to the recall notice. The ground… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Sabrina King of the USDA

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sabrina King is an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO), serving the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Atlanta district. As an EIAO, King performs food safety assessments (FSAs) in slaughter and processing… Continue Reading