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Custom-exempt slaughter should not be expanded



Custom-exempt slaughter is a little known practice that could expand in size and impact throughout the United States if pending legislation is approved by Congress — and that is almost certainly not a good thing. The “exempt” in custom-exempt means a slaughter operation is excused from continuous inspection, unlike federal- and state-inspected slaughter, where government… Continue Reading

USDA Provides Tips for #GrillingLikeaPRO on the Fourth of July


This Fourth of July weekend, many Americans will be celebrating our nation’s independence with family gatherings and summer cookouts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care not to let foodborne bacteria, which grows more quickly in hot weather, ruin the fun. One of the… Continue Reading

15,000 Pounds of Country Fried Steaks Recalled Nationwide for Potentially Containing Plastic


AdvancePierre Foods, an Enid, Oklahoma. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,328 pounds of frozen, fully cooked country fried steak products because they may contain foreign materials—pieces of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced late Friday. The products subject to recall include: -22.75-oz. pouches of “Fast Classics Country Fried Steaks.”… Continue Reading

The Latest in Meat Safety: Another Form of Zapping?

Bacterial contamination of meat is an ongoing problem and everyone wishes for an easy fix–one that does not require meat producers and packers to prevent contamination. Irradiation works, but raises feasibility and other concerns. How about electrocution? Food Production Daily reports that hitting meat with electrical current reduces toxic E. coli O157:H7 on meat surfaces… Continue Reading