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Publisher’s Platform: FDA continues its role as Chicken Little

Opinion

After 25 years doing food litigation, I am seldom surprised by the announcement of a foodborne illness outbreak. It was no different last Friday when Indiana announced a multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cut fruit — mainly melons sold at large retailers in several states. Over the years, people in government or in various parts of the… Continue Reading

Ruiz pulls 25 tons of frozen breakfast burritos after complaints

Consumers have reported finding pieces of plastic in frozen breakfast burritos, spurring Ruiz Food Products Inc. to recall 25 tons of the products. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted the recall notice Thursday evening, encouraging retailers and consumers to check their freezers for the El Monterey Signature brand burritos. Ruiz Food Products,… Continue Reading

Uno Foods recalls 1,881 pounds of calzone products

The Brockton, MA-based Uno Foods Inc. has recalled approximately 1,881 pounds of products because of misbranding, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). “The product is labeled as a ham and cheese calzone, but the package contains a buffalo chicken calzone,” which is not declared on the product label. The… Continue Reading

FSIS announces proposed changes regarding hog processing, paperwork on recalls

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend federal meat inspection regulations regarding when hog carcasses must be cleaned before being processed and the amount of paperwork required when establishments voluntarily recall meat, poultry, and egg products. It is proposing to renew the process of collecting information regarding adulterated or misbranded products…. Continue Reading

Hempler recalls pepperoni for wrong labels, undeclared milk

Hempler Foods Group is recalling about 4.5 tons of ready-to-eat pepperoni sticks because it was packaged in the wrong wrappers, resulting in an undeclared allergen. A consumer notified the company on Thursday that a package labeled as classic pepperoni actually contained pepperoni with jalapeno and cheese. Consequently, the pepperoni does not meet federal labeling requirements… Continue Reading

FSIS set to begin dioxin analysis of U.S. meat, poultry

Federal agencies are set to begin a year-long testing program on U.S. beef, pork and poultry to measure the levels of a highly toxic group of chemicals called dioxins, which are best known for their use in Agent Orange and other herbicides. The 2018 Dioxin Survey, headed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services… Continue Reading

FSIS extends comment period on labeling for ‘lab’ meat

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services is extending the comment period for a petition submitted by the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) requesting that FSIS exclude so-called lab meat from the definitions of “beef” and “meat.” “USCA has learned that some major U.S. meatpackers and companies in other countries are heavily investing in creating alternative… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Kis Robertson Hale 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. Dr. Kis Robertson Hale, the Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for the Office of Public Health Science (OPHS) and the FSIS Chief Public Health Veterinarian, knew her… Continue Reading