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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

DeLauro to Obama Admin: Don’t Weaken Food Safety in Canada Trade Intiatives

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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is urging the Obama administration to not weaken food safety protections in initiatives with Canada as the two countries work to hash out the details of the Regulatory Cooperation Council and the Beyond the Border program. “There are significant differences between the two countries’ food safety systems and easing the way… Continue Reading

Ohio First State to Gain Interstate Approval for Small, Local Meat Plants

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Ohio this week became the first state to gain approval to sell meat from small, state-inspected slaughterhouses across state lines — a critical step toward rebuilding processing infrastructure for small-scale, regional meat and poultry producers. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan announced the news Thursday at a local foods conference hosted by Senator Sherrod Brown… Continue Reading

USDA Switching to New Plant Data Inspection System

Long in the making, the start-up date for USDA’s new Public Health Information System (PHIS) is now just two weeks away on May 29.  It will replace the Performance Based Inspection System at all regulated USDA establishments and for all meat and poultry imports and exports. Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, USDA under secretary for food safety,… Continue Reading

FSIS Issues New Trim Sampling Requirements

The USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice last week that gives its inspection personnel specific instructions on how to randomly select the beef trimmings to be tested under the MT50 project code, which includes E. coli testing in trim. The notice instructs inspectors to collect samples from all types of trim… Continue Reading