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This year marks 25 years since FSIS issued its landmark final rule, “Pathogen Reduction/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (PR/HACCP),” issued in the summer of 1996.

“Food safety is an ever-evolving process,” said FSIS


Continue Reading 25 years later FSIS final rule on pathogen reduction still making a difference

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Isaias.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports that tropical storm conditions


Continue Reading Wind, rain, floods aren’t the only dangers that come with a hurricane