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FDA puts seafood processor on notice for lack of hazard plan

A seafood processing facility in Kentucky is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation. Officials from the FDA’s Division Office of Human and Animal Foods inspected the Milton, KY, location of MC Fish Co. March 20-23. According to an April 18 warning letter recently made… Continue Reading

Uninspected Pasta Recalled due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

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

3 Violations at Boise Co-op Found in Post-Outbreak Inspection

The Boise, ID, store owned by 24,000 members, and with a deli that sickened about 300 customers since June 1, is still having more problems. In a July 24, 2015, inspection, the local health department discovered three critical violations. The violations were found in the deli and produce departments of Boise Co-op’s North End store…. Continue Reading

FSIS Warns About Breaded Chicken Products Produced Without Inspection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert because VU Foods LLC of Kansas City, MO, has refused to issue a recall of breaded chicken products for which there is reason to conclude that they are unfit for human consumption. The products were considered for recall… Continue Reading

Federal Government Shutdown: Impact on Food Safety May Compound Over Time

As the U.S. enters the third day of a federal government shutdown, meat inspectors at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will continue performing their duties uninterrupted, while inspectors at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – which oversees 80 percent of the food supply – have been asked to turn in their government cell phones… Continue Reading

USDA’s Hagen Addresses Rep. DeLauro on Inspector IT Network

Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary of Food Safety for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wrote a letter to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) last week regarding DeLauro’s concerns over a reportedly problematic computer network used by USDA meat inspectors. The letter came as a response to an open letter DeLauro wrote to Hagen on Aug. 23… Continue Reading

FDA Moving Too Slowly to Promote Private Inspections

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Congress told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require importers, beginning no later than July 2012, to verify the safety of each shipment entering the U.S. Those who relied upon independent private inspections (“3rd party certification”) were to be rewarded with expedited entry through customs. Independent inspections were to be mandatory for those importing… Continue Reading