Federal egg inspections are getting an update for the first time in 50 years, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The new egg inspection rule will take effect at 83 USDA-inspected eggplants as soon it is published in the Federal Register.

Egg producers, under the new rule,


Continue Reading USDA puts inspectors on egg “patrol” and gives egg producers more flexibility

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on USDA’s recent rulemaking for the Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection did not find much to concern USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

“We determined whether FSIS,” the OIG report says, “with respect to its worker safety analysis section of the proposed
Continue Reading FSIS gains some in push back with OIG over process audit for new swine slaughter rule

In March, when Mindy M. Brashears became the fifth Senate-confirmed USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety and Paul Kiecker moved up to be theUSDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator, it’s likely neither could have imaged the meat industry crisis that was in store for them.

But just as former
Continue Reading Rottenberg’s last 6 months were busy, and were over before the storm

Carmen Rottenberg, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service administrator is leaving the government after two decades of federal service.  Rottenberg, an attorney, is moving to the private sector.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of Paul Kiecker to serve the FSIS Administrator. Kiecker will be assuming
Continue Reading Paul Kiecker succeeds Carmen Rottenberg as FSIS Administrator

Each member of the triumvirate responsible for food safety at USDA brings something unique to the department’s leadership. Deputy Under Secretary Mindy Brashears is a top food scientist. FSIS Administrator Carmen Rottenberg is an experienced government lawyer. And Deputy FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker has, during the past 30 years, held
Continue Reading USDA’s food safety triumvirate had a lot of visitors this past year

Business establishments it regulates, foreign trade partners, and academic and educational organizations were among those outside the federal government who met with USDA’s food safety executives so far this summer.

The public calendar from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows meetings held
Continue Reading No summer slow down for those with agendas for USDA food safety leaders

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s top two food safety officials met ten times with stakeholders and lobbyists over 21 days in October, according to the recently issued public calendar from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Carmen Rottenberg, acting deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety, and Paul
Continue Reading Stakeholders and lobbyists leave tracks at FSIS during October

Carmen Rottenberg and Paul Kiecker, USDA’s top food safety executives, met last Sept. 4 with Corey Rosenbusch and Lowell Randel of the Global Cold Chain Alliance about export issues.
Rosenbusch and Randel’s expertise in temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics.

According to the public calendar issued by USDA’s Food
Continue Reading Catfish was on the menu for meetings with top USDA food safety officials