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Beef Jerky Recalled for Potentially Harmful ‘Process Deviation’

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About 32 pounds of beef jerky were recalled Sunday because of a “process deviation,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Oscar’s Hickory House Inc., located in Warrensburg, NY, recalled 4-ounce and 8- ounce cryovac packages of “Oscar’s Adirondack Mountain Smokehouse Beef Jerky” with code 420 on the label. The… Continue Reading

USDA May Move Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling to 2016

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While appearing before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA will work to introduce labels for mechanically tenderized beef within the next two years. New labeling laws are implemented in two-year increments so that new label rules made in 2013 or 2014 will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2016. When the… Continue Reading

Savings From a Single Food Safety Agency Appeal to Some House Republicans

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Some House Republicans appear to be considering proposals for a single food safety agency. In January, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced bills to establish such an agency independent of any federal department. In his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, President Obama proposed the consolidation of the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety… Continue Reading

Agencies Develop New Model for Foodborne Illness Sources

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Understanding which foods are most commonly responsible for certain foodborne illnesses helps in developing effective prevention measures. Today, the three federal agencies involved in the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) released details of their new method for estimating the sources of Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter. IFSAC is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety… Continue Reading

Update: FDA Consumer Advisory Suggests Those With Peanut Allergies Avoid Ground or Powdered Cumin

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Due to the growing list of recalled food products containing ground cumin or cumin powder that may contain undeclared peanut protein, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising people who are highly allergic to peanuts to consider avoiding such products. In a consumer advice page posted Wednesday afternoon, the agency noted that “some shipments… Continue Reading

Can a Top-Level Federal Food Safety Assessment Really Be Accurate?

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(This opinion piece by Dr. David Acheson was published here on Feb. 14, 2015, and is reposted with his permission.) Historically, FDA and FSIS have not been really cooperative when it comes to food safety: Each agency has a separate funding stream and is under separate departments, and, in a variety of ways, they are inherently… Continue Reading

Canadian Poultry Products Recalled for Lack of Import Inspection

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Sunrise Poultry Processors of Lethbridge, Alberta, is recalling approximately 2,705 pounds of poultry products 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 today. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists. The poultry items… Continue Reading

FSIS Would Have Mandatory Recall Authority Under Proposed Bill

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is proposing legislation that would require recalls of meat and poultry contaminated with pathogens. “As it stands now, if foods like ground beef and sliced turkey are found to be unsafe, the U.S. Department of Agriculture lacks the authority to issue a mandatory recall,” Gillibrand said. “As a result, it becomes… Continue Reading

USDA Inspectors Condemn Hog Plant HIMP Model

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Last Friday, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) released affidavits from four federal inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s high-speed inspection pilot program who have come forward with their concerns about the system. “Under the HIMP model, company inspectors take over the duties of USDA inspectors at the lymph node incision and head inspection stations,”… Continue Reading

Obama’s 2016 Budget: $1.6 Billion for Food Safety, Single Food-Safety Agency

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President Obama’s $3.99-trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, released Monday, would allot $1.6 billion to food-safety work. With all of the major Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules set to be finalized by the end of FY 2016, a lot of the focus is on Food and Drug Administration’s requests. Overall, the agency is… Continue Reading