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Former USDA officials say feds critically short of veterinarians

Veterinarians' groups predict shortage of highly educated staff will decrease U.S. food safety

Sometimes when a door swings open, opportunity for change has the chance to enter. That’s what some members of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians are hoping will happen now that two top food safety positions at the U.S, Department of Agriculture are in line for new leadership. On July 31, Al Almanza retired from… Continue Reading

Updated: OSI was last meeting on Almanza’s FSIS calendar

The USDA’S Food Safety and Inspection Service Friday amended its Officials’ Calendar of Meetings for July 2017, showing Kenneth Petersen of the OSI Group as the last party outside the federal government to meet with Al Almanza before he retired. The Almanza-Petersen meeting was on July 19. Petersen is senior vice president of Quality Assurance, Food… Continue Reading

USDA agency reports 1.7 million verifications in 3Q of FY 2017

Enforcement actions by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to ensure meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome and correctly labeled are reported each quarter. The latest enforcement report, released Thursday, covers the federal government’s third quarter, from April 1 through June 30. It logs thousands of inspection procedures performed by FSIS personnel in… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Rosalinda Salinas-Castro of FSIS

Contributed

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Rosalinda Salinas-Castro loves the work she does for FSIS and has devoted 18 years of her life to the Agency. As a consumer safety inspector (CSI),… Continue Reading

Canada-U.S. in talks about inspection system equivalencies

Audits of Canada’s meat, poultry, and egg inspections conducted in September 2016 and written up in a report in April this year are now getting attention. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service sent a copy of the final audit report to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), raising significant questions that require attention. Canada and the United States periodically… Continue Reading

Good Food Concepts recalls beef because of E. coli O26

Good Food Concepts LLC is recalling almost 1,300 pounds of beef from unidentified retail locations, wholesale locations and restaurants in Colorado Springs, CO, after company tests showed E. coli O26 contamination. The Colorado Springs, CO, food distributor notified in-house government inspectors of the positive test results on Monday and the recall notice was posted by the USDA’s… Continue Reading

Tons of black forest ham recalled for undeclared allergen

Following a consumer complaint, Hahn Brothers Inc. is recalling almost 58 tons of Lou’s Garret Valley ready-to-eat ham because it contains malted barley, a known allergen, that is not declared on the label as required by federal law. The Westminster, MD, company shipped the 115,773 pounds of ham to a distributor in New Jersey, who… Continue Reading

JBS taps Almanza to lead its food safety program worldwide

The mega-meat company JBS, racked recently by involvement in Brazil’s development bank and inspection bribery scandals that cost its top shareholders billions, is turning to a freshly retired U.S. food safety official to regain public confidence. Alfred “Al” Almanza, who Monday retired as USDA’s top food safety official, has moved over to the private sector as global head of… Continue Reading

Appropriation Committees split over ban on equine inspections

With the ban on USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service spending any federal money on equine inspections set to expire Sept. 30, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are divided over whether to extend it. The last time a horse was legally slaughtered for human consumption in the U.S. was in 2007. Congress has turned… Continue Reading

A farewell message from Al Almanza after 39 years with FSIS

Opinion

Editor’s note: Originally posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a Constituent Update, this message from Al Almanza comes as he prepares for his last day on the job at the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. He is set to retire July 31. After 39 years with FSIS, I am retiring from public… Continue Reading