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Letter From The Editor: Just a chat with the new administrator

During last week’s IAFP meetings in Salt Lake City, I had the opportunity to chat with FSIS Administrator Carmen Rottenberg, who is also serving as USDA’s  Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. I did not record our talk nor did I take copious notes because I just wanted to have a normal conversation with… Continue Reading

Wrap up your celebration with fireworks, not food poisoning

An estimated 48 million people suffer from foodborne illness in America each year; that means 1 in 6 ill people, with roughly 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths according to the CDC. Public health and food safety urge the public to heed these tips for a happy holiday. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or traveling for a tasty time with friends and family, grilling in the great outdoors requires some planning precautions for a Fourth… Continue Reading

Almost 7 tons of jerky, meat sticks recalled for inspection issue

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reports that People’s Sausage Co. is recalling almost 7 tons of jerky and meat stick products because they were produced without an approved voluntary grant of inspection. The problem was discovered on June 22 during an FSIS investigation. According to the agency, only establishments that have received a “Grant of Inspection” are considered… Continue Reading

Land O’ Frost recalls black forest ham because of wrong labels

Land O’Frost Inc. of Madisonville, KY, is recalling about 4,944 pounds of ham products because of incorrect package labeling, resulting in misbranding. “The front of the package is accurately labeled as Black Forest Ham, however the back of the package is incorrectly labeled as Honey Smoked Turkey Breast,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said. A consumer notified the company of the… Continue Reading

Here’s why Trump’s plan to consolidate food safety efforts won’t work


Editor’s note: This opinion column was originally published by The Conversation and is republished here with permission. The Trump administration on June 21 unveiled an ambitious plan to consolidate federal food safety efforts within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Currently, 15 agencies throughout the federal government administer 35 different laws related to food safety under… Continue Reading

Trump wants a single federal food safety agency put under USDA

President Donald J. Trump wants to consolidate federal food safety under a single agency housed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. President Barack Obama also wanted to consolidate food safety, only he preferred housing it in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Food and Drug Administration. Obama failed because Congress… Continue Reading

Texas company recalls raw, frozen ground beef for E. coli

Texas Naturals Meats is recalling almost 500 pounds of raw frozen ground beef that was produced almost a year ago because its own tests this week returned positive results for E. coli O103. The recalled “Green Fields Farms Rogers Texas Ground Beef” sparked concern at the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) because its… Continue Reading

Multiple brands of chicken, beef and pork products recalled

A Michigan company is recalling more than 14 tons of salami, bologna, sausage and hot dogs made from poultry, pork and beef, according to a notice from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Winter Sausage Manufacturing Co. in Eastpointe, MI, had to recall the 28,300 pounds of meat and poultry products because they were… Continue Reading