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Spending Bill Bans ‘Chinese Chicken’ From Federal Meal Programs

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A provision included in the $1.1-trillion spending bill Congress passed last week and which is now headed to the president’s desk prevents poultry processed in China from being used in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program (Section 736 of Division A). Four Chinese poultry-processing plants have… Continue Reading

Senate Passes $1.1-Trillion Funding Package

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Late Saturday night, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.1-trillion spending package to fund most of the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year. The vote count on the so-called “cromnibus” was a bipartisan 56-40. On Thursday, President Barack Obama stated he would sign the bill despite the administration’s objections to certain riders and… Continue Reading

Funding Package Inches Forward

Senate to debate bill after narrow House passage

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Unsure whether the congressional spending package referred to by many in Washington, D.C., as the “cromnibus” had enough votes to pass, House GOP leaders delayed a final vote Thursday afternoon, but, after 9 p.m., they managed to pass the bill 219-206. In order to keep the government from shutting down while the Senate debates the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act… Continue Reading

Sentences, Convictions Make Latest FSIS Enforcement Report

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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

DeLauro Urges OMB to Finalize Two Food Rules

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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to finalize two pending food safety rules. DeLauro wrote to OMB director Shaun Donovan Monday, expressing her concern that if the mechanically tenderized beef rule and a rule regarding added solutions in meat and poultry products are not completed before the end… Continue Reading

FSIS Considers Expanding Non-O157 STEC Testing

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering whether or not to expand its non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) testing to include ground beef and ground beef components beyond beef manufacturing trimmings. This week, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted its analysis of estimated costs and benefits associated with implementing the additional testing…. Continue Reading

USDA: Food Safety at Hog HIMP Plants ‘On Par’ With Other Inspection Systems

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The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Pont (HACCP) Inspection Models Project (HIMP) project in hog slaughter establishments will continue, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is its latest evaluation of the project. The report’s objective was to determine whether the HIMP inspection system is performing as well as the existing swine processing inspection system “in… Continue Reading

Will Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling Be Pushed Back to 2018?

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Long-planned efforts to place a label on mechanically tenderized beef may be delayed another two years — until 2018 — if they are not finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the end of this year. For more than a decade, consumer groups and the… Continue Reading

FSIS Approves Chinese Plants for Poultry Processing

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Four Chinese poultry processing plants have been approved to export cooked chicken to the U.S. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has approved China’s export health certificate which demonstrates that poultry exported to the U.S. was raised and slaughtered in the U.S., Canada or Chile and that it was cooked… Continue Reading

Scientists Studying Salmonella in Cattle Lymph Nodes

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If you eat undercooked beef, it’s not just E. coli you have to worry about. Salmonella may be predominately associated with poultry, but beef can also be contaminated with the pathogen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 percent of the outbreaks attributed to beef between 2009 and 2013 were caused by… Continue Reading