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UK Pig Inspection Rule Changes Open For Public Comment


In June of this year, the European Union will introduce new rules for pig meat inspections designed to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination on pork. The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency announced last week that it is requesting comments on the practical application of changes required by the rules. These comments are being solicited… Continue Reading

The HACCP Inspection Models Project Has More Problems Than Solutions



The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) intends to implement a sweeping and total change to its food safety program by drastically modifying carcass-by-carcass inspection and reducing the government surveillance of meat and poultry safety. This has become known as the HACCP Based Models Project, or “HIMP.” FSIS has been trying… Continue Reading

FSIS Releases New Compliance Guidelines for Hog Facilities

New compliance guidelines for controlling Salmonella in hog slaughter facilities will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. In a press release, the agency stated that the guidance provides information on best practices that may be applied at hog… Continue Reading

Lost Meat Sales to Russia Over Ractopamine Costing Millions, Not Billions


The ban on U.S. pork and beef exports to Russia over ractopamine is costly for American producers, but not as much as was recently reported by the U.S. Ambassador. U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul told a Moscow business newspaper that the year-old ban had cost America’s pork and beef industries $4-5 billion. The ban… Continue Reading

Deli Meat Listeria Recall Expands to Include 468,000 Pounds of Product


The Louisiana firm that recalled 20,166 pounds of roast beef products earlier this week for potential Listeria contamination has greatly expanded the initial recall, which now includes 468,000 pounds of a variety of deli meats. Manda Packing Company of Baker, Louisiana, is now including ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned… Continue Reading

Two Salmonella Outbreaks in EU May Have Had Common Source

Missing link points to need for stronger surveillance, say EU health officials

Between July and September of 2009, health officials in Hungary noted an unusually high number of Salmonella Goldcoast infections in the country. In October, they sent an inquiry to Europe’s disease tracking system to see whether this rare strain of Salmonella had surfaced in any other countries. The results showed that Italy too had seen… Continue Reading

Kansas Pork Products Recalled for Lack of HACCP Plan


Ben-Lee Processing, Inc., an Atwood, Kansas establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat and heat-treated bacon and ham products that were produced without a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Friday. The recall applies to various weight packages of cured… Continue Reading

Escalating Trade Dispute, Russia Bans Turkey Over Ractopamine Residues


Russia will ban U.S. turkey products over concerns about the controversial animal drug ractopamine, the country’s Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) announced this week. The news comes a few days after Russia announced it will block U.S. beef and pork as of Feb. 11 due to a lack of compliance to its zero-tolerance policy… Continue Reading

Meat and Poultry Products Recalled Due to Possible Listeria


Approximately 35,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken, beef and pork products have been recalled for possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes by Idaho-based LJD Holdings, Inc., operating as B and D Foods. The following product is subject to recall: – 10-lb. boxes, containing 2, 5-lb bags of “ROYAL “THE TEMPURA KING” ROYAL TEMPURA CHICKEN, Fully Cooked… Continue Reading

FDA Petitioned to Lower Ractopamine Limits for Meat, Review Health Impacts


Animal rights and food safety groups are petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to immediately lower the allowed residue limits for ractopamine — a controversial drug used to boost growth and leanness in meat production — and to study the drug’s effects on human health and animal welfare. The petition comes just days after… Continue Reading