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It gives only a little, but Trump budget takes nothing way from food safety programs

In the fiscal year 2019 budget that sets out to cut domestic programs by almost $700 billion over 10 years, federal food safety has not only escaped the knife but made some small gains. President Donald J. Trump’s $1.1 trillion discretionary budget proposal adds $9.4 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services, the… Continue Reading

Congress hails FSIS for blocking 272 tons of bad foreign catfish

The July 3 publication of the Federal Register made it official. Importers and brokers of catfish were put on notice about USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service’s plans to reinspect all shipments of imported Siluriformes fish and fish products beginning Aug. 2. Congress came up with the idea because lawmakers like the job FSIS is… Continue Reading

Congressional battle continues over federal catfish regulation

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, may want to wait until after the Nov. 8 election, when the House of Representatives returns for the lame-duck session, to decide whether there will be a vote on the nation’s new and evolving catfish program. Every week that goes by sees the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new program for catfish inspection… Continue Reading

Frozen catfish recalled for potential chemical contamination

Haring Catfish Inc. of Wisner, LA, is recalling approximately 21,521 pounds of catfish products that may be adulterated with a residue of public health concern, specifically gentian violet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 51217” inside the USDA mark of… Continue Reading

Catfish debate brings partisans together to oppose one another

If and when they allow it to come to a vote, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are apparently allowing individual members to vote their conscience when it comes to USDA catfish inspections. They can either support the Senate-approved resolution doing away with USDA catfish inspection and claim they are fiscal hawks, or they… Continue Reading

Educational meetings set on catfish final rule


Educational sessions on the new rule for inspecting siluriformes, which include catfish, are set for Jan. 21 and 27. The rule goes into effect March 1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture published the final rule Dec. 2 in the Federal Register. Staff from the department’s Food Safety Inspection Service will explain what it means for… Continue Reading