Memphis-based Sedgwick is out with a firehose of data about product recalls during the first quarter of 2024 with mixed results for food safety.

According to the Recall Index, overall, U.S. product recalls were up 8 percent during the first quarter of 2024 over the previous quarter. Sedgwick counted 909

Continue Reading Food safety recalls were on different tracks during 2024’s first quarter

As of today, the USDA considers Salmonella an adulterant in raw, breaded, stuffed chicken products, making it illegal to sell them if they are contaminated with the pathogen.

The decision has been almost two years in the making. In August 2022 the deputy undersecretary for food safety for the USDA’s

Continue Reading USDA declares that Salmonella is an adulterant in some chicken products

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has released its outbreak report for fiscal year 2023 and detailed the six investigations carried out during that time.

The report covers Oct. 1, 2022, to Sept. 2023 and provides information about outbreaks that sickened more than 100 people with more than 30

Continue Reading USDA investigated six outbreaks in FY 2023; none resulted in recalls or public warnings

FSIS’ International Liaison Director in Mexico City, Mexico, Ciarra Toomey, began her USDA career in 2008 as a trial attorney with the Office of the General Counsel’s (OGC) Trade Practices Division, now the Marketing, Regulatory and Food Safety Programs Division. In her role with OGC, Toomey represented and provided legal

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Amish farmer Amos Miller is holding up his third agreement with the federal government. It means his appearances in federal court are over.  USDA enforcement of federal food safety regulations has prevailed.

Miller proved to be a difficult assignment for USDA’’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which first took

Continue Reading Amos Miller exits federal court in 2023 as the third time is the charm

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

Continue Reading Brashears: Beating salmonella in poultry needs to focus on serotypes causing human illness with improved data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture—teamed up in 2011 to create the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC).

By bringing together the science  from CDC, FDA and FSIS, and

Continue Reading The top 3 food safety agencies work in collaboration on foodborne illness sources