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Faces of Food Safety: Meet Sabrina King of the USDA


Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sabrina King is an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO), serving the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Atlanta district. As an EIAO, King performs food safety assessments (FSAs) in slaughter and processing… Continue Reading

USDA tells staff to defend against mosquito-borne diseases

The nation’s meat inspectors – or at least those “who conduct regulatory verification activities outdoors” – are being told how to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection program personnel (IPP) got instructions Wednesday on how to protect themselves from mosquito bites in an official FSIS Notice. “There are… Continue Reading

Union Warns Members About Accessing the Web Using Government Time, Equipment

USDA’s meat, poultry and egg processing inspectors who work for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are being warned by their union not to use government time and equipment to access or trade certain information on the web. For example, off-limits during work time and/or using work equipment is a “Union Thugs” site, which… Continue Reading

Consumer Group Again Calls on FSIS to Address Food Safety Inspector Shortages

Food & Water Watch (FWW) continues to prod the U.S. Department of Agriculture about shortages of food safety inspectors. In a letter sent to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday, FWW Executive Director Wenonah Hauter cited incidents of understaffing in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which she said “directly contradict” agency testimony before… Continue Reading

USDA Meat Inspectors Report Enforcement Actions for Quarter

Fines and probationary sentences for selling uninspected meat products top the enforcement report for the last quarter of enforcement activity by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS). USDA’s meat inspectors use criminal, civil and administrative actions to police the safety of America’s meat, poultry and eggs. FSIS issues a quarterly report on these activities,… 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

Senate Approves Measure to Avoid Meat Inspector Furloughs

The Senate on Wednesday approved an amendment to avoid meat inspector furloughs that were slated to occur under the current across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester. Introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), the measure would redirect $55 million from other areas of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget to the… Continue Reading

All Federal Meat Inspectors To Be Furloughed on 11 Scheduled Days

The nation’s meat inspectors  will be forced to take the same days off, possibility shutting down the U.S. meat industry on those dates, the House Agriculture Subcommittee learned Wednesday. In an exchange with USDA Under Secretary For Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen, the committee heard details of the administration’s plan for 11 furlough days that might… Continue Reading