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FSIS Proposed Rule Requires Source Records for Ground Beef Products

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to require all makers of raw ground beef products to keep records of the meat’s sources. Retail outlets regularly make ground beef by mixing cuts of beef from various sources. This proposal, if finalized, will require them to keep clear records identifying the source, supplier, and names of… Continue Reading

Looking Upstream: Seafood Traceability in a Global Economy

Early this year, the discovery that horsemeat was being substituted for beef in some European foods triggered widespread concern over food fraud in the EU. This substitution, deemed the “horsemeat scandal,” was eventually determined to be affecting around 5 percent of European beef products. But in the U.S., consumers have a different type of fraud… Continue Reading

Improving Meat Traceability in the U.S.

A look at tracing meat through the supply chain

Without necessarily knowing the term “traceability,” consumers have been calling for it in their food system for a long time.  The evidence of that comes from the food industry itself, with its increased emphasis on where food came from. Many companies now highlight certain locations or farmers in brand names, commercials, or through packaging and… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Leafy Green Cone of Silence


Over the years, we have investigated and pieced together several leafy green outbreaks that are never publicly announced despite being the cause of severe illness.  Here is an outbreak from 2009 that should have prompted a multi-state public health warning and recall, but was instead quietly put under the “leafy green cone of silence” as… Continue Reading

Mandatory Pig Traceability Coming Soon to Canada

Traceability is soon going to be a requirement for pigs raised for slaughter in Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has written new regulations designed to require pork producers to identify all farmed pigs and farmed wild boars using approved methods and to record and report all movements of pigs from birth or import to… Continue Reading

Food Safety Compromised As Global Trade Expands

As the web of global food trade becomes more and more complex, humans become increasingly vulnerable to prolonged foodborne illness outbreaks, says a team of international researchers. The interconnectedness of the world’s food supply is putting global food safety in jeopardy, according to a study published last month in PLoS ONE, because it allows for… Continue Reading

Regulatory Leapfrog is Underway

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a series of prevention-based food safety policy measures, including a final rule designed to make FSIS aware of adulterated or misbranded food in the supply chain that is similar to FDA’s Reportable Food Registry; a proposed rule for earlier, more expansive traceback for E. coli; and… Continue Reading

The ‘Meatpacking Maverick’ and USDA’s New Traceback Policy

If you follow food safety policy, there’s a good chance that when you think of traceback, you think of John Munsell. Once dubbed the “meatpacking maverick,” Munsell has been extremely critical of the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn’t routinely track the source of E. coli O157:H7 beef contamination unless people are sick…. Continue Reading