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FSIS Enforcement Action Results in Sentencing in Three Criminal Cases

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A trio of successful prosecutions top the quarterly enforcement report from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for the period ending June 30th. The April to June period is the third quarter of the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Linda Chen Mai, an employee of the Trinh Company in San Jose, CA,… Continue Reading

Caesar Salad Kits Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

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APPA Fine Foods of Corona, CA, is recalling approximately 92,657 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The salad kits were shipped nationwide to one bulk warehouse chain for retail sale in its in-store cafés. (APPA… Continue Reading

How to Keep Bacteria Out of Your Child’s Lunchbox

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With back-to-school season right around the corner, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to make sure that parents keep their kids’ lunches safe. Children are at high risk of contracting foodborne illness because their immune systems are still developing. Children younger than five have the highest incidence of Campylobacter, E. coli, and Salmonella infection in the United… Continue Reading

Ground Beef Linked to E. coli Recalled From Two Whole Foods Market Stores in Massachusetts

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Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling 368 pounds of ground beef products from two of its Massachusetts stores because of potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced early Friday. Subject to this recall are 73 lbs. of ground beef products produced June 21 at the company’s South Weymouth,… Continue Reading

FSIS Enhances Food Safety Protections for Ground Beef

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(This Aug. 14, 2014, blog post by Brian Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is reposted here with permission.) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced new procedures that will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef… Continue Reading

FSIS Comes Full Circle With Grinder Logs and Faster Tracebacks to the Source

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It was not so long ago that USDA meat inspectors and their supervisors didn’t even want to hear it. Ground beef from a small Miles City, MT, processor was contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, but the men from the federal Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) did not want to know that all the beef… Continue Reading

A Victory for Activism: Worker Safety and Line Speed

Opinion

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The Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection final rule moved forward like a dog digging under a fence. While concerned activist groups certainly have issues yet to be resolved, there is a huge victory for plant workers’ and consumers’ safety within the final version of the rule. Line speed. I have said all along that line… Continue Reading

FSIS Denies CSPI Petition to Declare Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella an Adulterant

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Thursday was a busy day for the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. In addition to publishing its new poultry inspection rule, the agency also released its response to the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s petition, denying the organization’s request to have antibiotic-resistant Salmonella declared an adulterant. CSPI’s petition, originally filed… Continue Reading

Reactions Vary to USDA’s Poultry Inspection Rule

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture published the final rule of its Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection on Thursday, requiring all poultry processing plants to engage in additional microbiological testing and establishing the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), which companies can choose to opt into or not. Predictably, the agency’s move drew reactions from across the spectrum…. Continue Reading

FSIS Poultry Rule Requires More Pathogen Testing, Introduces Voluntary Inspection System

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The new poultry inspection rule announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires additional microbiological testing at all poultry processing facilities and introduces a fifth inspection system available for U.S. plants to voluntarily adopt. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called the rule a “longstanding effort” to “modernize our system” and said the agency is confident… Continue Reading