Many Americans will be celebrating the Fourth of July outdoors this year a little differently, with celebrations at home, including backyard barbecues and picnics perhaps with only your household. No matter how you’re celebrating the
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's mission is to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science and efficient management. USDA's virtual representative, "Ask Karen," is available at AskKaren.gov. Food safety coaches are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on the "Ask Karen Chat" and by phone at the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). Recorded messages are available 24 hours a day.
Every year, millions of Americans commemorate Memorial Day to honor the sacrifices so many have made to protect our country. This holiday weekend might not be like past years, so while we keep public health
Editor’s note: Two of USDA’s top administrators have issued this statement to industry.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is rising to meet the challenges associated with the new coronavirus disease, Covid-19. As leaders of…
Continue Reading USDA leaders call for industry cooperation amidst ‘uncertain times’
I oversee the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the public health regulatory agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FSIS’ mission is clear: to ensure that the nation’s meat, poultry and processed egg
Christina Hastings, a relief consumer safety inspector (CSI) in the Raleigh district, exemplifies all of FSIS’ core values — Accountable, Collaborative, Empowered and Solutions-Oriented, and she puts them into practice each day she performs her…
Continue Reading Faces of Food Safety: Meet Christina Hastings of the FSIS
Ryan Bradburn, an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO) in the Springdale district and a 10-year FSIS employee, believes collaboration between the industry and the Agency is important to achieving lasting food safety. As
USDA’s Mindy Brashears submitted this column to Food Safety News this week.
In the world of food safety, 1993 was a watershed moment. Early that year, hundreds of people became ill and four children…
Continue Reading Why we are modernizing swine slaughter inspection
Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission.
Nicole Suggs is an import…
Continue Reading Faces of Food Safety: Meet Nicole Suggs of FSIS
Summer is coming to an end and families across the country are trading in beach balls and roller blades for backpacks and notebooks. But back-to-school time is also followed by cold and flu season.
Editor’s note: Barry made landfall late Saturday afternoon as a Category 1 Hurricane and started crawling inland at less than 10 miles per hour. The slow moving storm is expected to dump massive amounts of …
Continue Reading Winds subside as threat continues; hurricane flooding carries food safety bombs
Editor’s note: Children, pregnant women and older adults can develop serious and life-threatening illnesses from food poisoning. Holidays usually include these high-risk groups, making food safety even more important than usual.
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