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Nonprofits Sue FDA Claiming Agency Hasn’t Proven Safety of Animal Growth Drug


A trio of food safety and environmental advocacy groups Thursday filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saying the agency has not sufficiently proven that ractopamine, a drug fed to pigs, cattle and turkey, is safe for animals, humans who eat them, or the environment. Ractopamine, a beta-agonist, increases the rate at which… Continue Reading

WTO Rules Against Country-of-Origin Labeling on Meat in U.S.


The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico in an ongoing dispute with the United States over country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat. The latest U.S. labeling rules, put into effect in 2013, require meat sold in grocery stores to indicate the country, or countries, where the animal was born, raised and… Continue Reading

Virus Scare Causes Russia to Suspend U.S. Pig Imports


Concerned over the spread of of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in U.S. pig populations, Russia announced last week it was suspending U.S. imports of live pigs effective May 30, Reuters reports. The disease has already killed roughly 10 percent of the U.S. pig population and is reportedly spreading across other countries such as Mexico, Canada, China… Continue Reading

Recall: Pork and Poultry Being Sold Without USDA Inspection


New York-based Transatlantic Foods Inc. late Friday recalled approximately 222,000 pounds of pork and poultry products that was not inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The recall stems from an anonymous tip about the company’s practices that was investigated by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS announced the recall action. It’s too… Continue Reading

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