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Bill would OK interstate sales of state-inspected meat, poultry

U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds, R-SD, and Angus King, I-ME, have introduced the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act. The bipartisan bill would allow meat and poultry products sales across state lines if they have been inspected through state Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs. Currently, there are 27 states with inspection programs, certified… Continue Reading

Brazil vows to contest EU’s punitive poultry ban with WTO

The European Union is punishing Brazil for alleged deficiencies in the country’s control system by banning imports from 12 BRF S.A. poultry plants. Brazil is the world’s second-largest poultry producer, and its Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi promises to take the EU to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Dispute Settlement Body. He says the EU is… Continue Reading

Meat and poultry products recalled for skipping inspections

CC Kitchens LLC in Cincinnati recalled approximately 269 pounds of meat and poultry products early Friday that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside inspection hours, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry items were produced on Nov. 1, 2017…. Continue Reading

OIG says USDA reviews of exporting countries are inadequate

Inconsistencies increase risk of adulterated or unsafe meat, poultry, egg products being imported

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines,” said early-American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. But in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consistency gets greater appreciation. In its recent evaluation of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service equivalency… Continue Reading

Lab-made meat, poultry get big funding boost from big food

It’s the future of meat and poultry — or at least part of the future. That’s what some investors, among them global agricultural heavyweight Cargill Inc., are saying about meat grown in labs from cells taken from animals without slaughtering them. On Aug. 22, Memphis Meats Inc. in the Bay Area of California, which so far has produced beef, chicken… Continue Reading

More Campylobacter cases in Seattle; poultry possible source

For the second time this week public health officials in the Seattle area have disclosed an investigation into Campylobacter infections suspected to have been foodborne. Wednesday the Seattle & King County Public Health Department reported two people had been confirmed by laboratory analysis with campylobacteriosis. Multiple other people reported illnesses consistent with Campylobacter infection, but… Continue Reading

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