Lithuanian authorities have seized more than 40 tons of imported poultry meat due to potential Salmonella contamination in the space of three months.

From June to August of this year, the State Food and Veterinary Service (VMVT) banned the placing on the market of 10 batches of poultry meat imported to Lithuania from Poland, Hungary, and Romania.

More than half of the non-compliant meat (25 tons or seven batches) was imported from Poland. A total of 12 tons, or two lots, originated in Hungary and three tons, or one lot, came from Romania.

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Su Jin Kong, the imported food policy director for the Republic of Korea, learned on Dec.16 that his country’s regulation for processed poultry products continues to be equivalent to that of the United States.

The finding follows an on-site equivalence verification audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which ran from May 13 to May 29, 2019.

“The purpose of the audit was to determine whether the Republic of Korea’s food safety inspection system governing processed chicken products remains equivalent to that of the United States, with the ability to export products that are
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The problem of Salmonella contaminated poultry meat from Thailand detected at the European border is likely to continue, according to a report.

DG Sante, the European Commission’s unit for policy on food safety and health, visited Thailand to assess the control system for poultry products intended for export to Europe. Thailand and Brazil are the main poultry exporters to the EU, according to Eurostat data.

Auditors found “substantive and rapid” action is needed by authorities, establishments and supplying farms to tackle the issue.

An audit took place from Jan. 22 to Feb. 4 as a follow-up to one in Jan.
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“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines,” said early-American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson.

But in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consistency gets greater appreciation. In its recent evaluation of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service equivalency assessments of exporting countries, the OIG seems to long for uniformity.

The FSIS is agreeable to most of the OIG’s recommended changes. Neither the audit report nor the FSIS responses mentioned any dollar figures for the added costs that might be involved.

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In public policy, as in life, learning from past mistakes is a cardinal rule for success. That is why it was disappointing to see Thomas Gremillion from the Consumer Federation of America advocate for the reinstatement of mandatory country-of-origin labelling (MCOOL) for beef and pork in a recent guest opinion column on the Food Safety News website.

Fore more than six years MCOOL was law of the land, but did nothing to protect consumer safety or our food supply. Instead, MCOOL led to wasted taxpayer dollars, job losses, and economic harm to rural communities across the country. The Trump Administration
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This week marks the beginning of formal talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, an agreement President Donald Trump has called the “worst deal in history.” To make it a better deal, his Administration released a set of negotiating objectives last month, but they ignored the most outrageous example of how American consumers are “losers” under NAFTA.

Literally losers. When it comes to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat, American consumers are in the dark, and we have Canada and Mexico to blame.

Until 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture required retailers to label fresh beef and pork “muscle-cuts”
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