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New Directive Might Make It Harder to Get FSIS Staff to Speak at Outside Meetings

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Employees of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are getting the first changes in 10 years in how they go about getting permission to speak to outside groups — ranging from their kid’s local scout troops to national conventions. And it might just make it harder to get a green light for such outside… Continue Reading

New Book Explores Food Safety and the True Cost of Cheap Meat

'The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food,' by Ted Genoways

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Reading “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food,” a new book from journalist Ted Genoways, one begins to wonder who is treated better: the millions of hogs consumed in America each year, or the people who work on the farms and in the factories that breed and slaughter them. The easiest conclusion… Continue Reading

FSIS Releases New Salmonella, Campylobacter Performance Standards for Poultry

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that its new pathogen performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground poultry and chicken parts will prevent about 50,000 illnesses each year. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) proposed changes to the Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Testing Program create brand-new standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken breasts, legs and wings, and… Continue Reading

2.5 Million Pounds of Meat, Poultry Recalled for Pathogen Contamination in 2014

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On Friday, Jan. 16, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a summary of the meat and poultry recalls issued in 2014. There were 94 recalls in total, and nearly half of them were because of undeclared allergens. Only 16 were due to Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), Listeria or Salmonella. At least 2,483,873 pounds of products regulated… Continue Reading

China Joins List of Countries Restricting U.S. Poultry Imports Due to Avian Flu

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On Tuesday, China joined a growing list of countries barring U.S. poultry imports after avian influenza was found in backyard chicken and guinea fowl flocks in Oregon and Washington. More than 30 countries have banned or restricted the import of poultry originating in one or both of those states. China and the 28 members of… Continue Reading

Boneless Beef From Japan Recalled for Lack of Inspection

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Nijiya Market in Torrance, CA, is recalling approximately 359 pounds of frozen boneless beef products produced in Japan that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday. Without the benefit of full inspection, FSIS says that a possibility of adverse… Continue Reading

TX Distributor Recalls Australian Lamb for Lack of Import Inspection

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Houston, TX-based AMD Imports Inc. is recalling approximately 35,275 pounds of Australian lamb products because the meat imports were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Without the benefit of full inspection, FSIS says a possibility of adverse health… Continue Reading

FSIS Requires Labeling of Salt Solutions Added to Meat, Poultry

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final rule requiring that processors of raw meat and poultry disclose the products’ added solutions on their labels. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is requiring that the descriptive designation include the percentage of added solution and the individual ingredients or multi-ingredient components in the… Continue Reading

Ground Beef in School Lunches Meets Stricter Microbial Standards

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According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report published last week, the ground beef supplied to school lunches contains “significantly less” Salmonella contamination than products sold on the commercial market. USDA’s Economic Research Service examined the impact of food-safety standards imposed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on suppliers of ground beef to the National… Continue Reading

Food-Safety Regulatory Forecast for 2015

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In late November, the White House released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for fall 2014, and it provides a helpful roadmap to 2015 food-safety regulatory actions. The first actions on Food Safety News’ radar are the five of the seven major Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules to… Continue Reading