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GAO: USDA Needs to Tighten Up Salmonella and Campylobacter Standards for Poultry

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending that the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) take action to reduce pathogen contamination on chicken and turkey products, make sure that agency food-safety standards are being met, and better assess whether on-farm practices are effective in reducing pathogens in live poultry. In a… Continue Reading

Judge Upholds OSHA Citations Against NY-Based Chicken Processor

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A judge has upheld citations for a NY-based chicken processor found to be violating rules related to chemical and mechanical hazards for workers. The citations were issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Murray’s Chicken, of South Fallsburg, NY, was cited in May 2012 for a number of worker… Continue Reading

Foster Farms: Food-Safety Leader or Bad Actor?

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After 11 years at the helm of California-based poultry producer Foster Farms, Ron Foster announced last week that he was stepping down as president and CEO of the company his grandparents started 75 years ago. Over those 11 years, the company has attracted a lot of attention related to Salmonella, both good and bad. Under… Continue Reading

New FSIS Salmonella Performance Standards for Beef and Poultry Expected

Report out of NAMA Conference

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A top official with USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service (FSIS) told a meat industry conference that ended Sunday in Charleston, SC, to expect new performance standards for Salmonella. Rachel Edelstein, acting assistant administrator of the FSIS Office of Policy and Program Development, told the North American Meat Association meeting that her unit is testing… Continue Reading

Study: Shoppers Spread Raw Poultry Juices at Store, Home

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Shoppers may want to be more mindful of what they touch after handling packages of raw poultry at the grocery store, according to a new study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on consumer safety behavior when shopping for poultry. Researchers in the study found that few people used either the plastic bags intended… Continue Reading

Do Russians Know More Than Americans When it Comes to Food Safety?

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Rapid-fire question: You have a raw, whole chicken or turkey. Do you wash it in the sink before cooking it, or do you stick it straight in the oven unwashed? If you chose to wash it first — the wrong answer — you’re more likely to be an American than a Russian. And you’re even… Continue Reading

UK Study: Campylobacter Remains the Most Common Foodborne Pathogen

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An updated study commissioned by the UK’s Food Standards Agency reports that Campylobacter remains the top foodborne pathogen there and that poultry is the most common food item associated with foodborne illness. Researchers at the University of Liverpool estimated that, in 2009, there were more than 500,000 cases of foodborne illness in the UK due… Continue Reading

FSIS Drafting Campylobacter Performance Standards for Chicken Parts

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is planning to release new safety standards for Campylobacter in poultry, in addition to the Salmonella performance standard already in the works. Both are expected to be finalized by the end of the current fiscal year. “The Agency is developing a performance standard for… Continue Reading

Recall: Pork and Poultry Being Sold Without USDA Inspection

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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

USDA Says It’s Difficult to Replicate Denmark and Eliminate Salmonella in Poultry

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(Editor’s note: This is Part Four of a recent four-part series by Lynne Terry on how Salmonella in poultry is handled in Denmark and the U.S. Part One is here, Part Two is here, and Part Three is here. The series is being republished by permission from The Oregonian.) Denmark’s journey from a surge of… Continue Reading