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Feds delay poultry testing; expect many operations to fail

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Certain poultry producers have a few extra weeks to beef up their pathogen reduction programs, which were scheduled to face new Salmonella and Campylobacter testing beginning in May. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) won’t begin assessing whether poultry operations are meeting new pathogen reduction standards until July 1, according to… Continue Reading

Senate votes to end USDA catfish inspections, which just got underway

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The U.S. Senate has voted to shut down the nation’s only catfish inspection program, a move that would put more Americans at risk of exposure to carcinogens and antibiotics from Asian white fish, such as Vietnamese pangasius. Senators approved the Joint Resolution by a vote of 55-43 on Wednesday. It now goes to the House… Continue Reading

UPDATED: New labels, instructions for tenderized beef roll out today

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UPDATE: Additional cooking instructions provided by FSIS after this story was posted. The 6.2 billion servings of mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks consumed annually by Americans might be a little safer because of labeling requirements that take effect today, just ahead of the summer grilling season. They’ve been coming for a long time. The federal… Continue Reading

The future is now for America’s food safety programs

A town hall style question and answer session at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit on Thursday included (from left) Joe Corby of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), Robert Tauxe of the CDC, David Goldman of the USDA and Mike Taylor of the FDA.

CHICAGO — Optimism was running high at the Food Safety Summit Thursday when four heavy hitters took the stage for a town hall session where 2016 was characterized as a tipping point. Advances in science and technology are combining with legislative and regulatory changes to catapult the country into a new era where Americans will… Continue Reading

Record attendance expected for Food Safety Summit in Chicago

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CHICAGO — Organizers are expecting the 18th annual Food Safety Summit this week to be a record breaker as attendees and exhibitors focus on looming compliance dates for food companies that are subject to new rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. The conference and trade show at the Stephens Convention Center opened… Continue Reading

Sunflower seed Listeria threat causes recalls of salad, trail mix

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Diverse foods, ranging from Trader Joes’ broccoli and kale chicken salad to Brown & Haley Mountain Thins trail mix, were added today to the 100 or so snack products recalled Tuesday because of Listeria-contaminated sunflower seeds. Also added to the recalls today were bulk sunflower seeds sold at some of Giant Eagle’s Market District stores… Continue Reading

USDA offers $6 million for antimicrobial resistance research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $6 million available for research into antimicrobial resistance and has set an Aug. 3 deadline for grant proposals. The funding comes from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (AFRI). “Through our Antimicrobial Resistance… Continue Reading

Foster Farms recalls chicken nuggets because of plastic, rubber

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Foster Poultry Farms of Farmerville, LA, is recalling approximately 220,450 pounds of fully cooked frozen chicken nuggets that may be contaminated with extraneous blue plastic and black rubber materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The fully cooked frozen chicken breast nuggets were produced on Feb. 22 and… Continue Reading

Wraps, salads recalled for lack of federal inspection

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Greencore USA Inc., of North Kingstown, RI, is recalling more than  1,300 pounds of meat wraps, poultry wraps and salads that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside of inspection hours, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The meat and poultry wraps and salad items were… Continue Reading

Pilgrim’s Pride recalls 4.5 million pounds of chicken products

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is recalling more than 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products after consumer complaints and federal confirmation that they contain extraneous material including metal and plastic. The nationwide recall includes more than 20 products and three brands: Gold Kist Farms, Pierce Chicken and Sweet Georgia Brand. As of Tuesday it was… Continue Reading