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Briefly: Vietnam vets — Diaper Duty — Red meat anaphylaxis

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Vietnam vets suffer from rare liver cancer linked raw fish A recent study shows some Vietnam veterans are dying from… Continue Reading

Meat and poultry products recalled for skipping inspections

CC Kitchens LLC in Cincinnati recalled approximately 269 pounds of meat and poultry products early Friday that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside inspection hours, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry items were produced on Nov. 1, 2017…. Continue Reading

OIG says USDA reviews of exporting countries are inadequate

Inconsistencies increase risk of adulterated or unsafe meat, poultry, egg products being imported

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines,” said early-American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. But in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consistency gets greater appreciation. In its recent evaluation of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service equivalency… Continue Reading

Canada-U.S. in talks about inspection system equivalencies

Audits of Canada’s meat, poultry, and egg inspections conducted in September 2016 and written up in a report in April this year are now getting attention. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service sent a copy of the final audit report to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), raising significant questions that require attention. Canada and the United States periodically… Continue Reading

126 tons of meat and poultry burritos recalled for possible Listeria contamination

The Las Cruces, NM-based Green Chile Food Company Saturday recalled approximately 252,854 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry frozen burrito products because they may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ready-to-eat meat and poultry frozen burrito items were produced and packaged… Continue Reading

New compliance date for meat, poultry labeling is 01/01/2020

Any new meat and poultry product labeling regulations that are issued next year by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will have a uniform compliance date of Jan. 1, 2020. FSIS has periodically set a uniform compliance date at some point in the future for its food labeling requirements. Previously on Dec. 14, 2004,… Continue Reading

Canada has 2 weeks left to get its food safety act together

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is demanding Canada comply with recommendations from an audit of the country’s food safety for meat, poultry and eggs or it’s exports to the U.S. will be blocked. Canada was told 20 months ago by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it needed to fix operational or procedural… Continue Reading

Custom-exempt slaughter should not be expanded

Opinion

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

Update: 60 Now Sickened in WI Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Grocery Store

Updated May 21: Health officials have updated the case count from 20 cases to more than 60. This article has been updated to reflect the new information. Health officials in Kenosha County, WI, are investigating more than 60 Salmonella illnesses reportedly connected to consumption of meat from the grocery store Supermercado Los Corrales in Kenosha, according to… Continue Reading

Report: FSIS Hazards Analysis Regulation Still Lacking in Key Areas

Almost 20 years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) introduced a food safety program called Pathogen Reduction/Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points (PR/HACCP) aimed at verifying the effectiveness of the food safety systems at meat and poultry facilities. That program, however, has at least two ongoing problems, according to a new report… Continue Reading