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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

Faces of food safety: Meet Cedric Dial of the FSIS

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Cedric Dial, a consumer safety inspector in the Dallas District, has been a USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service civil servant for 18 years, while also… Continue Reading

Watchdog group sues USDA for names of poultry companies

Food & Water Watch says new poultry inspection system gives companies too much autonomy

Food & Water Watch has filed suit against the USDA because the agency will not release the names of companies that have applied to switch to a voluntary program that allows for non-government poultry inspections. In its complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., the watchdog group refers to the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Rita Hurst of the FSIS

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service. Rita Hurst has worked for FSIS for 33 years. She began her FSIS career at Establishment P-2178 in Georgetown, DE, as a USDA helper — a plant employee who helps… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Michael Partridge of the USDA

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Michael Partridge is a Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) serving in the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Philadelphia district of the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service. As a CSI, Partridge greatly impacts food safety… Continue Reading

What U.S. Can Learn From Other Countries About Meat, Poultry Inspection

As the new Modernization of Poultry Inspection rule went into effect Monday, the Pew Charitable Trusts and Center for Science in the Public Interest released their review of global meat and poultry inspection systems. They recommended that U.S. policymakers begin a broader, data-driven effort to update the Department of Agriculture’s inspection system. Traditional slaughter inspection methods for beef, pork and… Continue Reading

15 Members of Congress Ask Vilsack For More Answers on Poultry Inspection Rule

Fifteen members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Friday with questions about the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). The members — including Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) — wrote that they are “extremely disappointed” that the agency didn’t address their concerns about the rule, adding that it is… Continue Reading

Food & Water Watch Sues USDA Over New Poultry Inspection Rule

Food & Water Watch (FWW) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture on Thursday that would stop the implementation of the agency’s New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). The new poultry inspection rule, announced July 31, requires additional microbiological testing at all poultry processing facilities and introduces a fifth inspection system available for U.S. plants to voluntarily… Continue Reading

A Victory for Activism: Worker Safety and Line Speed

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The Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection final rule moved forward like a dog digging under a fence. While concerned activist groups certainly have issues yet to be resolved, there is a huge victory for plant workers’ and consumers’ safety within the final version of the rule. Line speed. I have said all along that line… Continue Reading

Reactions Vary to USDA’s Poultry Inspection Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published the final rule of its Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection on Thursday, requiring all poultry processing plants to engage in additional microbiological testing and establishing the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), which companies can choose to opt into or not. Predictably, the agency’s move drew reactions from across the spectrum…. Continue Reading