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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

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