Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

meat processing

Two years later, state is still trying to shut down meat processor

pig or hog or swine in truck

A slaughterhouse-meat processing business in Auburn, WA, that lost its license two years ago because of food safety violations is still operating and now under court order to cease operations. Rickson Vilog, owner of Vilog Livestock, is under orders from King County Superior Court Judge Brian Gain to remove all livestock from his property by… Continue Reading

Canada Introduces Fines for Meat Safety Failures

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-canadian-dollars-image3132367

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has amended its regulations so that it can fine meat processors for violations of food safety programs such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and non-food safety issues such as labeling and consumer protection. The new Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) apply to 84 provisions of the Meat Inspection… Continue Reading

An Old School Business Goes New School on Food Safety

For specialty smoked meats purveyor Mike Satzow, overachieving in terms of food safety is integral to protecting his company’s legacy - and its future.

When your company’s reputation for all-natural, premium-quality products is 100 years old and the nation’s top chefs comprise your major market, each day’s production has a rather high bar to meet. Mike Satzow, the third-generation owner of North Country Smokehouse, Claremont, N.H., knows not only where that bar is set, but the factors that could… Continue Reading

Major Meat Processors Survive Sandy Intact

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image17948513

Major meat processors on the east coast weathered the worst of Hurricane Sandy on Monday without many complications, trade publication Meatingplace reported Tuesday. Overall, the five processors contacted by Meatingplace reported little more than temporary closures at plants over concern for employee safety. Some deliveries to northeast locations have been delayed, however. The facilities of… Continue Reading

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

frpork_406-1

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

WTO Rules Against Mandatory COOL for Meat

The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization on Friday ruled that U.S. country-of-origin labeling laws (COOL) discriminated against meat importers such as Canada and Mexico, but that U.S. consumers also have the right to know information on their food’s origin. The ruling will require the U.S. to amend its labeling laws to not be… Continue Reading

Does High Risk Meat Get USDA Endorsement?

On February 2, I wrote a commentary that appeared on Food Safety News entitled “USDA Inspected and Approved High-Risk Meat.”  One sentence in the editorial stated “USDA has concluded that Hannaford’s high risk practices likely led to this outbreak,” a reference to Salmonella infections linked to supermarket ground beef. Investigators were unable to trace the… Continue Reading

Webinar to Help Small Scale Meat Processors With Food Safety

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, which works to expand small-scale meat processing, will host a free webinar Feb. 1 on microbiology basics. The webinar will delve into N-60 sampling, multi-drug resistance, non-O157 STECs and multi-drug resistant Salmonella strains, according to Meatingplace (subscription only), an industry publication. “If you’re a meat processor, you pretty much… Continue Reading

Retailers Who Grind, Mix Meat Should Keep Records

In 2007, an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Newberg infection that sickened at least 42 people was linked to ground beef sold by Safeway in four western states. The source of the contaminated meat was never found. Now, a new study in the August edition of the Journal of Food Protection shows that tracing back the… Continue Reading