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USDA beefs up scrutiny of Brazilian beef amid bribery scandal

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None of the slaughter or processing facilities targeted by the Federal Police in Brazil have shipped meat products to the United States, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Nevertheless, FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw and ready-to-eat beef products from Brazil once it heard a scandal was brewing…. Continue Reading

Sustainable organics group urges support for soil-free growing

Opinion

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In advance of the National Organics Standards Board meeting in April, the board’s Crops Subcommittee shared a draft proposal calling for the end of organic certification for hydroponic and aquaponic growers. This proposal, if enacted, will have far reaching and damaging effects on hundreds of producers, thousands of retailers and wholesalers and millions of consumers… Continue Reading

More delay for Produce Safety Rule as industry balks over water testing

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Water testing standards that are a key part of the produce safety requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are undergoing a quiet review that could extend the compliance date for the Produce Safety Rule beyond January 2018. Produce industry leaders learned  in mid-February during a meeting with U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials… Continue Reading

USDA Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by the Northeast Storm

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As a winter storm impacts northeast states, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service shares food safety tips to keep in mind when preparing for a weather emergency. During Snow and Ice Storms: During a snowstorm, do not place perishable food out in the snow. Outside temperatures can vary and food can be exposed to unsanitary… Continue Reading

Foreign meat, poultry, eggs, and catfish with “equivalence status”

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) updated its “Equivalence Status Chart” yesterday.   It’s a helpful guide for those who want to know where their food may be coming from.  It includes country specific footnotes. “Equivalence Status” is a grade assigned to foreign countries with a food safety inspection system that achieves a protection… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: The main event EWG vs. AFF — no holds barred

Opinion

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The “Dirty Dozen” is in the news again and as usual I’m imaging a remake of the 1967 motion picture with a cauliflower playing Ernest Borgnine’s character, a cucumber in place of Donald Sutherland and some kind of smooth-skinned melon in the role played by Telly Savalas. I imagine production numbers to rival those in… Continue Reading

Trump’s well-done habits could bode well for food safety

Opinion

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump chowed down on a wide variety of foods for photo opportunities.

While it may appear safe to assume that President Trump will have no interest in these issues, determining his impact on the food safety agenda actually will require a nuanced effort. Notwithstanding the tweet complaining about the so-called “food police” and a leaked phone conversation about imposing stricter food safety standards for trade purposes, President… Continue Reading

13 tons of meatballs, chicken fried steak recalled for metal bits

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At least two consumers have found pieces of metal in ground beef products from King’s Command Foods LLC, spurring the company to recall more than 13 tons of meatballs and chicken fried steaks nationwide. In addition to having been shipped to retailers, some of the recalled products went to U.S. Department of Defense facilities and… Continue Reading

Vacant positions are slowing things down at FDA and FSIS

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While the Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price says we can expect the next Food and Drug Administrator commissioner to be named soon, significant meetings held by designated FDA policy makers with persons outside the executive branch continue to draw down. Acting FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Ostroff has so far reported on three… Continue Reading

USDA kills 73,500 Tyson-bound chickens because of bird flu

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For the fourth year in a row, highly pathogenic H7 avian flu has struck birds the United States. A Lincoln County, TN, poultry farm that supplies Tyson Foods took the brunt of avian flu’s return, when 73,500 chickens had to be destroyed to prevent them from entering the food supply or spreading the virus. Another 30… Continue Reading