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Breaded Chicken Products Recalled for Possible Staphylococcal Enterotoxin

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Murry’s Inc. of Lebanon, PA, is recalling approximately 31,689 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin , the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Saturday. The products have a best-by date of Aug. 9, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: 12-oz. boxes of… Continue Reading

FSIS: Slightly More Processing Plants Adopt Food Defense Plans

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The number of food processing plants in the U.S. with a food defense plan rose from 83 percent to 84 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest Food Defense Plan Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). A food defense plan is a system that works… Continue Reading

What U.S. Can Learn From Other Countries About Meat, Poultry Inspection

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As the new Modernization of Poultry Inspection rule went into effect Monday, the Pew Charitable Trusts and Center for Science in the Public Interest released their review of global meat and poultry inspection systems. They recommended that U.S. policymakers begin a broader, data-driven effort to update the Department of Agriculture’s inspection system. Traditional slaughter inspection methods for beef, pork and… Continue Reading

GAO: USDA Needs to Tighten Up Salmonella and Campylobacter Standards for Poultry

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending that the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) take action to reduce pathogen contamination on chicken and turkey products, make sure that agency food-safety standards are being met, and better assess whether on-farm practices are effective in reducing pathogens in live poultry. In a… Continue Reading

15 Members of Congress Ask Vilsack For More Answers on Poultry Inspection Rule

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Fifteen members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Friday with questions about the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). The members — including Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) — wrote that they are “extremely disappointed” that the agency didn’t address their concerns about the rule, adding that it is… Continue Reading

Meat and Poultry Breakfast Products Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

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Buddy’s Kitchen of Burnsville, MN, is recalling approximately 62,488 pounds of meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The meat and poultry breakfast products were produced on various dates from July 16, 2014 through Sept. 25, 2014, and then shipped to distributors, retail locations, and airlines nationwide. The following products are subject… Continue Reading

CSPI Files Revised Petition on Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella as Adulterants

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has submitted a revised petition for meat regulators to declare certain strains of Salmonella as adulterants, making it illegal to sell food contaminated with these bacteria and allowing the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to recall or hold the food from commerce. Earlier this… Continue Reading

Texas Beef Products Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

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Caviness Beef Packers of Hereford, TX, is recalling approximately 23,100 pounds of beef trimmings that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday evening. The products were produced on Aug. 14, 2014, and Aug. 20, 2014, and were shipped to fast-food restaurants and retail distribution locations in Texas…. Continue Reading

Almanza Named Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA

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Al Almanza, administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was named the USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety on Monday, according to the meat industry trade publication Meatingplace. Almanza will share the title of Deputy Under Secretary with Brian Ronholm, who has been serving as Acting Under… Continue Reading

Uncured Beef Corn Dogs Recalled for Potentially Improper Storage

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About 607 pounds of uncured beef corn dogs were recalled late Tuesday by Bristol, IN-based Monogram Comfort Foods because “they may have experienced temperature abuse in the distribution chain.” In the recall announcement, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said the corn dogs were distributed in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming…. Continue Reading