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FSIS adjusts catfish inspection process; transition period ends

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) adjusted inspection coverage at catfish slaughter facilities on Sept. 1, the same day an 18-month transition period ended. The transition period’s end marks the full transfer of responsibility for inspecting domestic and imported catfish to FSIS from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FSIS confirmed it… Continue Reading

USDA, CDC Expand Collaboration on Assessment of Foodborne Hazards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed an agreement to define expectations related to interagency assessment of foodborne health hazards potentially associated with meat, poultry and eggs. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) expands collaboration between the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and CDC’s Agency for… Continue Reading

Agencies Reach Catfish Inspection Agreement Required by Farm Bill

After the 2008 Farm Bill moved the responsibility for catfish inspection from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the two agencies did not play nice with one another. Before long, USDA catfish inspection turned into a poster child for government duplication and wasteful spending. Millions… Continue Reading