On Jan. 19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule that would lift current caps on line speeds in pork processing plants and reduce federal oversight in these facilities.

The proposed rule is strongly backed by the meatpacking industry, but the fact is that raising line speeds in pork processing plants will only…

Sometimes when a door swings open, opportunity for change has the chance to enter.

That’s what some members of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians are hoping will happen now that two top food safety positions at the U.S, Department of Agriculture are in line for new leadership.

On July 31, Al Almanza retired from…

Audits of Canada’s meat, poultry, and egg inspections conducted in September 2016 and written up in a report in April this year are now getting attention.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service sent a copy of the final audit report to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), raising significant questions that require attention.

Canada…

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Michael Partridge is a Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) serving in the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Philadelphia district of the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service.

Michael Partridge works to keep meat, poultry and egg products safe in his job as a USDA Food Safety Inspection Service employee. Michael Partridge works…