USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) plans to expand its routine verification testing to include six Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (non-O157 STEC; O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, or O145) that are adulterants.
Julie Larson Bricher recently wrote an article on MeatingPlace.com outlining a petition that asks the USDA to declare 31 Salmonella serotypes as adulterants in meat and poultry. The move would make what is now…
Continue Reading The petition perspective from one catbird seat
If you haven’t heard, a Seattle attorney is petitioning the USDA to make it illegal to sell meat and poultry that is contaminated with Salmonella.
Yep, as of right now — and who knows…
Continue Reading Beach Beat: The faces behind the petition
Attorneys representing the Center for Science in the Public Interest sued USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in 2014 because the agency would not declare the most dangerous Salmonella strains as adulterants.
An additional 87 ill people from 16 states were included in this investigation since the last update on Nov. 15. States with newly reported illnesses include: Michigan, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part opinion piece. To read part one, please click here.
In the previous article, I wrote about the decades-old public health problem of poultry-borne salmonellosis.…
Continue Reading Reality of our world: Money trumps altruism in the quest for safer poultry
Despite the common belief that food fraud in the United States is a rarity, the globalized nature of our food supply chain means many of our favorite foods and ingredients travel far and wide before…
Continue Reading Food Fraud: Money Scam and Health Hazard
Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are introducing a bill in the House of Representatives that would give the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the authority to declare any…
Continue Reading Congresswomen Propose Solution to Issue of Pathogens as Adulterants
2013 was a standout year for Foster Farms, though not for the right reasons. The West Coast poultry giant was tied to two multi-state Salmonella outbreaks this past year, each making national headlines and together…
Continue Reading Fight Over Salmonella and Adulterants Spills Into the Chicken Coop