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68 Members of Congress Ask Vilsack to Withdraw Poultry Inspection Rule

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A bipartisan group of 68 members of Congress wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday, asking him to suspend action on the proposed Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule, which is based on the HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP). “While we strongly support modernizing our food safety system and making it… Continue Reading

Oregon Worker Dies After Falling Into Meat Grinder

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An Oregon man contracted to clean a meat processing plant died last week when he fell into a machine at the facility. Hugo Avalos-Chanon, age 41, of Southeast Portland died late Friday night after becoming entangled in a blender at the Interstate Meat Disrtibutors, Inc. plant in Clackamas, OR, reported the Oregonian. Interstate Meat Distributors… Continue Reading

Study Highlights Campylobacter Risk Factors for Poultry Plant Workers

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A new analysis of Campylobacter infections among workers at a Virginia poultry plant offers hints about which employees more likely to fall ill from the bacteria. Government researchers examined health data for plant employees from January 2008 through May 2011 and found that 29 Campylobacter cases had been confirmed during that time period. Their findings… Continue Reading

OSHA Fines American Seafoods $279,000

American Seafoods International LLC, based in New Bedford, MA has 15 days to pay or appeal fines totaling $279,000 imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is fining the seafood company for health and safety violations relating to “process management safety (PMS).  The federal government worksite safety agency… Continue Reading

Meat Packer Employee Falls Into Grinder

Last Saturday morning a worker’s legs were severed at the Vernon, California-based Jobbers Meat Packing Corporation in an accident.   He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and as of Tuesday the worker was undergoing continued treatment at the local hospital. He is now listed in stable condition, a National Meat Association spokesman… Continue Reading