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USDA gives gives green light to raw pork from Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s raw pork exports to the United States may continue after a favorable on-site audit of that country’s meat inspection system by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS let Northern Ireland’s Chief Veterinarian Robert Huey know the draft final report of the audit was available by letter on Jan. 3, 2018 and… 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

Two British food executives imprisoned for horse meat scheme

Two British food company executives are behind bars for the the role they played in Europe’s 2012 scandal that saw horse meat passed off as beef. Andronicos Sideras, owner of Dinos and Sons Ltd., and Ulrich Nielsen of Flexi Foods were sentenced to four years and six months and three years and six months imprisonment,… Continue Reading

Northern Ireland’s FSA opens comment period on novel foods

Comments, that began on April 4, 2017 and continue to June 27, 2017, are being taken by the Food Standards Agency for Northern Ireland about enforcement of novel foods by food businesses. The agency says its aim is to ensure effective, consistent and proportionate enforcement of the new novel foods regulations, known as (EU) 2015/2283…. Continue Reading

USDA Doing More “Species Testing” on Imported Beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food safety unit is going to do more “species testing” on imported beef products from Iceland, Ireland, Poland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, but it will be doing more screenings than detailed DNA analyses, it says. In addition, USDA will be conducting species testing on more imported ground beef… Continue Reading

Six More Cases Confirmed in E. coli Outbreak Linked to Belfast Restaurant

Six more people are confirmed to be victims of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened almost 300 people in Northern Ireland. One restaurant, Flicks, has been named as the source of the illnesses. A total of 130 confirmed and 163 probable cases have been linked to the outbreak, reported the Belfast Public Health… Continue Reading

Northern Ireland’s Largest E. coli Outbreak Tapers Off After Restaurant Closure

Source of bacteria in restaurant remains unknown

An estimated 290 people are now thought to have been sickened in what has become the largest E. coli outbreak to affect Northern Ireland. Health officials announced Wednesday that 124 cases have been confirmed and a further 166 are suspected to be part of the outbreak linked to Flicks, a sit-down eatery in Belfast. The… Continue Reading

282 Now Ill in Northern Ireland’s ‘Worst Ever’ E. coli Outbreak

The number suspected ill in an E. coli outbreak connected to a Belfast restaurant has risen to at least 282, Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency announced on Tuesday. The number ill consists of 119 laboratory-confirmed cases and another 163 probable cases. Probable cases are those with exposure and corresponding symptoms, but who have not been tested… Continue Reading