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GAO says some USDA food safety standards are outdated

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)  should carry on with its work to reduce pathogens in meat and poultry, but first, the agency needs to improve documentation, add some timelines to its tasks and check on the effectiveness of on-farm practices. Those three new recommendations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO),  the auditing,… Continue Reading

GAO tells Rep. DeLauro that agencies need to pick up the pace

FDA, USDA 'generally agree' they need to improve efforts to protect consumers from arsenic in rice

At the request of Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-CT, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has returned to the problem of managing the risk of arsenic in rice. The GAO is an agency in the legislative branch of the federal government that provides auditing, evaluation and investigative services for Congress Arsenic, a natural element in… Continue Reading

FSIS shows how career service professionals run government

Except for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent threats to extend the Senate’s work week unless it picks up the pace on confirmations, the continued vacancies in top government positions do not get much attention. Maybe it’s because the government continues to do its thing no matter who’s on top. More than 450 days into the… Continue Reading

Another 60 tons of beef products recalled; plastic bits this time

Consumer complaints of “thin blue plastic pieces” prompted Koch Foods Inc. of Fairfield, OH, to recall 119,480 pounds of rib-shaped beef patties, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Earlier this week, J.T.M. Provisions Co. of Harrison, OH, recalled more than seven tons of a similar product after consumers complained of pieces of rubber in barbecued pulled beef. J.T.M…. Continue Reading

Triple play: EWG posts ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of fresh produce items

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion piece by Sonya Lunder, senior analyst for the Environmental Working Group, is part of a three-piece presentation today by Food Safety News. To read views on the same topic from an independent nutritionist and the Alliance for Food and Farming, please refer to the links at the bottom of this column. Many… Continue Reading

Triple play: AFF says rest easy, eat your fruits and vegetables

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion contribution by the Alliance for Food and Farming is part of a three-piece presentation today by Food Safety News. To read views on the same topic from the Environmental Working Group and an independent nutritionist, please refer to the links at the bottom of this column. Today the Environmental Working Group… Continue Reading

Triple play: ‘Pro-choice nutritionist’ calls out produce guides

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion contribution by Toby Amidor is part of a three-piece presentation today by Food Safety News. To read views on the same topic from the Environmental Working Group and the Alliance for Food and Farming, please refer to the links at the bottom of this column. As a nutritional professional, I am… Continue Reading

Ohio company recalls 7 tons of barbecued beef for rubber bits

Consumer complaints of pieces of rubber in barbecued pulled beef prompted J.T.M. Provisions Co. to recall more than seven tons of the product, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. “FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers,” the USDA’s subagency reported. “Consumers who have purchased… Continue Reading