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Faces of Food Safety: Meet Ahman Jilani of FSIS

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. Dr. Ahmad Jilani is a supervisory public health veterinarian and an enforcement, investigation and analysis officer in the Office of Field Operations. His grandfather was also a civil servant focused… Continue Reading

Canadian Union Says CFIA Budget Cuts Mean Fewer Meat Plant Inspections

Canada’s food safety agency has cut back on inspections of certain meat plants and that threatens food safety, the national president of the inspectors union said on Tuesday. At a press conference in Edmonton, Bob Kingston, president of the Agriculture Union, said that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) began reducing inspections in northern Alberta… Continue Reading

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

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

Prosecutions for Falsely Using USDA’s Stamp of Inspection Don’t Come Easy

Paul and Kelly Rosberg, who once owned Nebraska’s Finest Meats in Randolph, NE, put up a vigorous defense for many months against charges that they had sold to Omaha Public Schools 2,600 pounds of ground beef falsely presented as inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In court documents, they referred to themselves not as… Continue Reading

New Zealand Official: Blocked Beef in 2012 Unrelated to Private Meat Inspectors

The employment of some private meat inspectors in New Zealand had nothing to do with seven containers of beef exported to the United States in 2012 that USDA turned away, according to an official with the NZ Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI). Prime Minister John Key’s government is experimenting with private or outsourced meat inspection… Continue Reading

Food & Water Watch Questions USDA Assessment of Australian Meat-Inspection System

Consumer rights group Food & Water Watch has expressed concern in a new letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2011 decision to reaffirm equivalency status to the meat-inspection systems in Australia. The concern stems from the fact that the Australian Export Meat Inspection System (AEMIS) has removed government meat… Continue Reading

Congress Passes Bill to Avert Meat Inspector Furloughs

The House on Thursday passed a continuing resolution that will head off furloughs for U.S. meat inspectors that would have taken place this summer as a result of the sequester. The measure, introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), passed the House by a vote of 318 to 109 today after breezing through… Continue Reading

Vilsack: Under Sequestration, USDA Cannot Avoid Furloughing Meat Inspectors

Under the sequester, which recently put in place across-the-board budget cuts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has no choice but to eventually furlough meat inspectors, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack again said on Friday.  The statement comes after some lawmakers and industry groups questioned whether USDA needed to furlough inspectors and argued that the department had… Continue Reading