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Canada-U.S. in talks about inspection system equivalencies

Audits of Canada’s meat, poultry, and egg inspections conducted in September 2016 and written up in a report in April this year are now getting attention. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service sent a copy of the final audit report to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), raising significant questions that require attention. Canada and the United States periodically… Continue Reading

Chicken meals recalled from institutions for undeclared soy

Bateman in West Sacramento, CA, has recalled  approximately 20,297 pounds of poultry products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The not-ready-to-eat products contain soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. The not-ready-to-eat chicken entrees were produced on… Continue Reading

Data driven: Information helped reduce Salmonella on chicken

You won’t see claims like this in any ads: “Our chicken is safer than our competitors’ chicken.” There’s an unwritten understanding in the industry that food safety won’t be used as an advertising tactic. Yet, in an important way, commercial chicken buyers can actually find out how chicken slaughter plants are doing when it comes… Continue Reading

Chinese poultry: Verification must precede trust for food safety

Opinion

There is always a healthy amount of skepticism from parents whenever children claim they were able to clean their rooms in five minutes. While the children may have met the literal requirement of the parent’s request, you wonder what surprises would be discovered if you checked under the bed, in the closet or in the… Continue Reading

NJ firm recalls 15 tons of poultry, beef for lack of milk on labels

Golden Platter Foods Inc. of Newark, NJ, has recalled 15.8 tons of ready-to-eat, breaded poultry and beef products because they were made with batter and cracker meal that contained milk, a known allergen that isn’t declared on the labels. Under federal law, the labeling problem is considered “misbranding” because milk is one of several allergens that must be… Continue Reading

New leadership at USDA, FDA might increase outside meetings

Poultry, antibiotics, Ionophores and activities with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency were among the subjects of April meetings between Al Almanza, administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and people outside the federal government. Almanza’s public calendar for April included five meetings, four before Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was confirmed by the… Continue Reading

USDA reorganization plan could reduce food safety protections

Opinion

A seemingly minor component of the USDA reorganization plan released last week could have a negative impact on food safety as the plan gets implemented. Much of the focus has been on the creation of a new undersecretary for trade position, but the plan also calls for the establishment of an interagency committee that would… Continue Reading

126 tons of meat and poultry burritos recalled for possible Listeria contamination

The Las Cruces, NM-based Green Chile Food Company Saturday recalled approximately 252,854 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry frozen burrito products because they may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ready-to-eat meat and poultry frozen burrito items were produced and packaged… Continue Reading

The Top 10 most important foodborne outbreaks of 2016

The Top 10 most important outbreaks of 2016, according to the editors of Food Safety News, are presented here. Outbreaks were chosen for the list on a subjective basis, ranked by the number of fatalities and then the number of illnesses for outbreaks involving more than a single state. The 2016 Top 10 outbreaks include… Continue Reading

Tests find E. coli on 24 percent of chicken from seven UK supermarkets

Cambridge University researchers have found antibiotic-resistant E. coli on 24 percent of chicken samples tested from the seven largest supermarkets in the U.K. That contamination level is four times higher than results from a similar study done last year. The researchers tested 189 U.K.-sourced pork and poultry samples from the grocery chains ASDA, Aldi, Co-op,… Continue Reading