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FSIS Considers Expanding Non-O157 STEC Testing

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering whether or not to expand its non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) testing to include ground beef and ground beef components beyond beef manufacturing trimmings. This week, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted its analysis of estimated costs and benefits associated with implementing the additional testing…. Continue Reading

The Search for Alternatives to Antibiotics

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Ask any doctor or veterinarian to rate the important medical discoveries of the past century, and antibiotics would surely be at or near the top of the list. In this century, too, antibiotics are expected to remain an essential tool for treating animal and human diseases. But the “miracle of antibiotics” is being threatened. There… Continue Reading

USDA: Food Safety at Hog HIMP Plants ‘On Par’ With Other Inspection Systems

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The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Pont (HACCP) Inspection Models Project (HIMP) project in hog slaughter establishments will continue, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is its latest evaluation of the project. The report’s objective was to determine whether the HIMP inspection system is performing as well as the existing swine processing inspection system “in… Continue Reading

Will Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling Be Pushed Back to 2018?

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Long-planned efforts to place a label on mechanically tenderized beef may be delayed another two years — until 2018 — if they are not finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the end of this year. For more than a decade, consumer groups and the… Continue Reading

FSIS Approves Chinese Plants for Poultry Processing

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Four Chinese poultry processing plants have been approved to export cooked chicken to the U.S. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has approved China’s export health certificate which demonstrates that poultry exported to the U.S. was raised and slaughtered in the U.S., Canada or Chile and that it was cooked… Continue Reading

Dung Beetles: Future Heroes of Organic Food Safety?

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In 2011, an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Oregon killed one person and sickened more than a dozen people. The outbreak was eventually traced back to organic strawberries grown at an Oregon farm, but how E. coli had managed to contaminate the strawberries remained a mystery for some time afterward. Eventually, state health officials… Continue Reading

Consumer Marketing Win: Ending ‘Humanewashing’

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Earlier this year, Cassandra White of Clarkston, GA, gathered more than 165,000 signatures for a Change.org petition asking Kroger to stop misleading customers. Kroger’s Simple Truth Natural Chicken bore the words “raised in a humane environment.” White said, “When I go to the grocery store, I read the labels carefully because I want to know… Continue Reading

Scientists Studying Salmonella in Cattle Lymph Nodes

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If you eat undercooked beef, it’s not just E. coli you have to worry about. Salmonella may be predominately associated with poultry, but beef can also be contaminated with the pathogen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 percent of the outbreaks attributed to beef between 2009 and 2013 were caused by… Continue Reading

Breaded Chicken Products Recalled for Possible Staphylococcal Enterotoxin

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Murry’s Inc. of Lebanon, PA, is recalling approximately 31,689 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin , the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Saturday. The products have a best-by date of Aug. 9, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: 12-oz. boxes of… Continue Reading

FSIS: Slightly More Processing Plants Adopt Food Defense Plans

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The number of food processing plants in the U.S. with a food defense plan rose from 83 percent to 84 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest Food Defense Plan Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). A food defense plan is a system that works… Continue Reading