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Former USDA officials say feds critically short of veterinarians

Veterinarians' groups predict shortage of highly educated staff will decrease U.S. food safety

Sometimes when a door swings open, opportunity for change has the chance to enter. That’s what some members of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians are hoping will happen now that two top food safety positions at the U.S, Department of Agriculture are in line for new leadership. On July 31, Al Almanza retired from… Continue Reading

Catch the 2013 — NAMI’s guidelines still right on target

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So what’s the gold standard guideline on how to humanely handle feed animals in 2017? North American Meat Institute’s (NAMI), 2013 Guidelines. Next question, please. You can credit, as does NAMI, the “2013” to that innovate Colorado Professor who delights audiences with her speeches by always making pure sense and logic — seem so trivial…. Continue Reading

Canada offers beef irradiation as another tool for food safety

The government of Canada’s announcement this week of changes to its food and drug regulations to permit irradiation of ground beef was not a surprise. It was a long time coming, though, with industry having requested the change in 1998. Canada has already approved radiation to treat potatoes, onions, wheat, flour, spices and seasoning preparations…. Continue Reading

Cancer warning labels sought for processed meat and poultry

A nine-page petition filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest asks the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to begin requiring colorectal cancer warning labels on certain meat and poultry products. The petition claims “scientific research has led to the conclusion that processed meat and poultry increases the risk… Continue Reading

FDA Extends Deadline for ‘natural’ Comments

Editor’s Note:  Coral Beach, formerly of The Packer, joins us today as the new Managing Editor of Food Safety News. With more than 3,300 comments having been filed since Nov. 12, the FDA has extended its deadline for accepting public input on the use of the word “natural” on food labels. Originally the comment period was… Continue Reading