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USDA’s Quarterly Enforcement Report of all its current legal actions will sometimes report that inspection services are being denied because an applicant has been convicted of some minor crime.

When USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service doesn’t inspect a meat or poultry operation, those products are not

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First, thank you to the people that work at the FDA.  Yes, I have often been a critic of the organization (or lack thereof), but the people at the FDA have always been heroes.

In December of 2023 I wrote to the FDA urging them to take a hard look at

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Why is Auditing so Important?

The food industry has seen unprecedented technological advancements, significantly enhancing operational efficiency and reducing costs. More importantly, these innovations underscore the pivotal role of internal auditing in daily operations, ensuring compliance with rigorous standards and fostering continuous improvement.

Within food manufacturing –

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By Maribel Alonso, Public Affairs Specialist • ARS, Office of Communications

Dr. Dayna M. Harhay is a Research Microbiologist at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, NE. For two decades with ARS, Harhay’s knowledge and expertise in microbiology, molecular biology, bacterial metabolism, serotyping, and genomic sequencing

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USDA finalizes policy to protect consumers from Salmonella  in raw breaded stuffed chicken products 


Food Safety, like politics, is the art of the possible. 

Sure, it would be great if, like Shiga-toxin producing E. coli in beef are considered adulterants, Salmonellas (at least the 30 plus known

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What is the Salmonella Bacteria?

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes one of the most common enteric (intestinal) infections in the United States – salmonellosis. The term Salmonella refers to a group or family of bacteria that variously cause illness in humans.Salmonella serotype typhimurium and Salmonella serotype enteritidis are

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The latest posting on long-time persistent violative raw milk seller Amos Miller illustrates at least two costs of permitting litigants to abuse legal process: 1. It purports to allow illegal interstate commerce in a prohibited dangerous product, raw milk. 2. perhaps even more problematic it makes a mockery of public

Continue Reading Letter to the Editor: Amos Miller situation unacceptable abuse of legal system