Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Making an election-year promise that does not have to become a reality until well after the voting isn’t new.  Since Congress surrendered Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling in a trade war with Canada and Mexico, American consumers have wanted a reliable replacement.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has promised a

Continue Reading USDA offers to close ‘Product of USA’ loophole, but not until 2026

The dismissed federal case of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) v. Sonny Perdue is returning. The U.S. District Court for Northern California has scheduled a case management conference for June 13.

Around that date, look for the non-profit’s plaintiff activists, the Humane Society of the United States,

Continue Reading Increased poultry line speeds will likely continue with USDA extensions

This past Monday brought Nebraska’s coldest snap in three years, with frigid temperatures and enough snow and sleet to make roads dangerous.  Staying home was the best defense from the bitter Arctic cold.

But USDA meat inspectors who opted not to go to work on one of those dangerous winter

Continue Reading The Arctic blast may have caused some USDA meat inspectors to miss their shifts

The USDA has announced that animal-raising claims in the future must be justified. While not specific, the action responds to some recent petitions received by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Animal-raising claims often come up in petitions to FSIS for policy changes.

his year, Perdue Farms filed a

Continue Reading USDA launches effort to strengthen substantiation of animal-raising claims

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI).

The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects to appoint the members in 2022.
“NACMPI members play a significant role in advising on the safety and wholesomeness of

Continue Reading USDA looking for members for meat and poultry inspection advisory group

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) promises it “is mobilizing a stronger, and more comprehensive effort to reduce Salmonella illnesses associated with poultry products.”

It says it wants to “move closer to the national target of a 25 percent reduction in Salmonella illnesses.” National targets are included in
Continue Reading This time, USDA says it’s serious about 25 percent reduction in Salmonella illnesses

USDA’s  Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and South Dakota have finalized a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement, which provides an opportunity for selected state-inspected meat and poultry processors to ship their products across state lines.

Under the CIS agreement,  South Dakota may inspect meat in selected establishments for shipment
Continue Reading South Dakota ninth state with cooperative interstate meat agreement with USDA