Mindy Brashears was Under Secretary for Food Safety in late 2020 when USDA’s  Office of Food Safety (OFS) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a plan to decrease Salmonella with an approach that would be science-based, data-driven, and promote innovation to reduce the pathogen in meat, poultry

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Mindy Brashears, the fifth in history confirmed USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety, said goodbye to her consumer, government and industry stakeholders January 14.

Her political appointment as the federal government’s top food safety official expired a week later on Inauguration Day, ending her two-year tenure, including 303 days as
Continue Reading How the food safety transition went, according to the public calendars

Editor’s Note:  In this year-end summary, USDA’s  Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reports on its key achievements for fiscal year (FY) 2020 and highlights progress on its goal of modernizing the agency and fulfilling its mission to prevent foodborne illness and protect public health.

“This has been a challenging

Continue Reading Here’s what the Food Safety and Inspection Service did in fiscal year 2020

If the United States had a single independent food safety authority like most counties, a change of administrators would not be a significant event.  But with food safety spread across as many as 20 departments and agencies, elections bring topsy-turvy change.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  
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During the modernization era for meat and poultry, how fast carcasses are moved across the slaughter floor is an issue that’s created controversies involving both food safety and worker safety.

Line speed, as it is called, is a current issue before multiple federal  Courts and Congress.

Dr. Mindy Brashears, Under
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The industry of animal cell-based/cultured technology has not yet brought any products to market, but the entry is fast approaching and applicable federal labels are soon going to be required.

And, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and the Alliance for Meat, Poultry and Seafood Innovation (AMPS Innovation) have  linked
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Food Safety (OFS) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has a plan to decrease Salmonella, one of the leading causes of foodborne illnesses.

The Roadmap to Reducing Salmonella: Driving Change through Science-Based Policy outlines programs and policies that are

Continue Reading USDA food safety agencies announces plan to reduce Salmonella