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Obama’s 2017 budget not enough for a food safety legacy

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Food safety is spread throughout various departments and programs in the federal budget and the document President Obama proposed Tuesday for fiscal 2017 is no different. The policy wonks who know how the federal budgeteers work go to one place when they want to know how food safety is doing in the budget. It’s the… Continue Reading

Safer wings than yesterday’s for the big game next year?

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Standards to prevent 50,000 illnesses through reductions in Salmonella and Campylobacter set by USDA last week might just work. If they do, Americans who yesterday are said to have dined on 1.3 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl 50, are likely to take notice. And one year from now, it’s also likely Secretary of Agriculture… Continue Reading

Seafood violations, illegal drug residues in cows spur warnings from FDA

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Seafood processors without compliant seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plans and dairy farms that sold animals that had illegal drug residues were among some the first warning letters released in 2016 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The four letters went out to seafood processors in Bronx, N.Y., and Yian, Taiwan, and… Continue Reading

Uninspected Pasta Recalled due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

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Home Maid Ravioli Company, Inc., a South San Francisco, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 38,950 pounds of meat and poultry ravioli and pasta products produced without the benefit of federal inspection and due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Some of the products… Continue Reading

Educational meetings set on catfish final rule

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Educational sessions on the new rule for inspecting siluriformes, which include catfish, are set for Jan. 21 and 27. The rule goes into effect March 1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture published the final rule Dec. 2 in the Federal Register. Staff from the department’s Food Safety Inspection Service will explain what it means for… Continue Reading

Retail deli operators unaware of Listeria recommendations

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Retail delicatessens and their food safety programs are the target of a year-long, nationwide pilot project that begins next week and seeks to determine whether best practices are being used to control Listeria monocytogenes. During a pre-pilot exercise from Dec. 8-15, 2015, inspectors visited 16 retail delis and found that retailers were not aware of… Continue Reading

Neto’s Sausage recalls 23 different beef, pork, chicken products

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Neto’s Sausage Co. Inc. has recalled more than 7,600 pounds of beef, pork and chicken products that were manufactured in the past year without being inspected by USDA. The Santa Clara, Calif., company issued the Class I “high risk” recall Jan. 6 for 23 different sausage products that were distributed online nationwide. Although the products… Continue Reading

Wegmans Recalls Chicken Products Produced Without Inspections

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Retailer Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is recalling about 1,125 pounds of chicken products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The chicken items were produced on Jan. 3, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: Approximately 1-pound, vacuum-sealed packages… Continue Reading

Food Safety Regulatory Forecast for 2016

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It’s impossible to say what will be the big food safety story of 2016. The ultimate unpredictable is what foodborne outbreaks will dominate the headlines and how they may impact policy decisions. But we’ve done our best to list the regulatory activities to keep on your radar for the coming year. FSMA: The Food Safety Modernization… Continue Reading

More Poultry Producers Expected to Switch to New Inspection System in 2016

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Enlistments in the  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) will likely increase in the new year after the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Dec. 21 tossed a legal challenge to the program. The optional NPIS offers the biggest change in poultry inspection since the Eisenhower Administration. USDA’s Food Safety… Continue Reading