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Letter to the Editor: USDA should rethink pork line speed plan

Opinion

On Jan. 19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule that would lift current caps on line speeds in pork processing plants and reduce federal oversight in these facilities. The proposed rule is strongly backed by the meatpacking industry, but the fact is that raising line speeds in pork processing plants will only… Continue Reading

Acceptance, use of food irradiation reached new levels in 2017

Opinion

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the January 2018 edition of Food Irradiation Update and is posted here with permission of the author. The following is a recap of progress made worldwide with food irradiation, with a focus on advancements in the past 12 months. More food was irradiated in 2017 than in… Continue Reading

Slaughter practices more significant than poultry line speeds

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion column offers a differing view from that presented by guest columnist Brian Ronholm in “Eschewing obfuscation on poultry slaughter line speed.”  Poultry slaughter would flunk HACCP 101. The primary hazards from raw poultry are the pathogens Salmonella and Campylobacter spp. FSIS visible poultry inspection does not yet detect those hazards. The… Continue Reading

Eschewing obfuscation on poultry slaughter line speed

Opinion

The key to understanding the complexities in the debate over the line speed issue for poultry production is to recognize that there is a distinct difference between the line speed for slaughter and the line speed for processing in a facility. While slaughter line speed is currently limited to 140 birds per minute (bpm), except… Continue Reading

Keep the links in supply chain connected to boost food safety

Opinion

The food manufacturing industry has always been concerned with the quality and safety of the food they produce. At the very lowest level, it is an unwritten ethical requirement. But the topic of food safety and quality has never been in the news like it is now. There are many reasons for this increased awareness… Continue Reading

Lab robots crucial for end-to-end food safety data systems

Opinion

Next generation sequencing is beginning to replace traditional DNA methods in food safety testing. As this trend continues, sequencing will no longer be the time intensive process it once was. Laboratories will be limited by how quickly they can prepare samples, not how quickly they can sequence them. Automation will, therefore, play an increasingly critical… Continue Reading

Letter from The Editor: The shameful vacancy at USDA

Opinion

For those marking time, waiting for a new USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety, today is something of an anniversary. It was four years ago today that Dr. Elisabeth Hagen stepped down from the post. The top food safety job in the federal government remains vacant. Neither President Barack Obama nor President Donald Trump has… Continue Reading

FSVP compliance with FSMA achievable with A, B, C approach

Opinion

Provisions of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration, were enacted in 2015. They mandate that foreign suppliers provide the same level of food safety protection for their products as domestic suppliers are required to provide for theirs. This is needed as outbreaks of foodborne illness continue to occur both… Continue Reading