The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) presented an installment of its Virtual National Policy Conference series, titled “A New Day at USDA for Food Safety?” on Tuesday.

Speakers included Dr. Patricia Griffin, chief of the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Sarah Sorscher,
Continue Reading Stakeholders reaffirm need for more modern meat and poultry policies

The Pew Charitable Trusts, an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), has earned a reputation as a change-agent for food safety.  Pew’s latest goal is to bring “root cause analyses” to food safety. Today, it released a report on the subject, which itself is an offshoot of Total Quality Management (TQM).
Continue Reading Pew Report: Root Cause Analyses are ‘Critical to Preventing Foodborne Illnesses’


Editor’s note: This interview was originally published by the Pew Charitable Trusts and is reprinted here with permission.

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Meat and poultry safety regulations should reflect latest science: Q&A with Michael Taylor, former head of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service

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Continue Reading ‘Tangible benefits’ from standards and testing include fewer illnesses

A group of major food companies, retailers, livestock producers, and trade and professional associations today announced a comprehensive framework to strengthen the stewardship of antibiotic use in food animals. The structure is the product of a two-year dialogue among stakeholders, moderated by Farm Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, to
Continue Reading Top players agree to develop plan for judicious use of antibiotics in animals

Citing an estimated 2 million U.S. illnesses caused annually because of contaminated meat and poultry and resulting health care costs of almost $6 billion, a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts is calling for renewed commitment from government and industry to reduce microorganisms before animals reach the slaughterhouse.

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cowsfeeding_406x250Public health advocates concerned about how antibiotics used on farms impact increasing resistance, have long expressed the need for more on-the-ground data – particularly use by species. In May, the Food and Drug Administration proposed adding estimates of drug sales by animal species — cattle, swine, chickens or turkeys —
Continue Reading Comments in on FDA’s Plan to Collect Species-Specific Antibiotics Sales Data