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Whole Genome Sequencing Part 2: Regulatory and Public Health Uses

In Part 1 of this blog series, I went back to Genetics 101 to provide a brief crash course on whole genome sequencing (WGS). Now that we better understand the technology, it is easier to understand how it can be utilized in the world of food safety.… Read More
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Whole Genome Sequencing Part 1: What is It?

In the last few years, we have seen the regulatory agencies begin to utilize a new detection method that will ultimately be a game changer – whole genome sequencing (WGS). Many of us may have heard of this technique related to cancer research and u… Read More
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Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, Summer 2015

On behalf of the Agriculture practice group at OFW Law, following is a copy of our Summer newsletter. We hope you find it useful. To receive this periodic newsletter by e-mail, please contact Carrie Morgan at cmorgan@ofwlaw.com. Read More
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Doom and Gloom: FSIS Provides Recommendations to Retailers on Listeria Control

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has authority under the Federal Meat and Poultry Products Inspection Acts to ensure that products are not adulterated at retail and at all steps in the distribution chain. Retail operations are generally… Read More
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Salmonella in Raw Products – Can FSIS Request a Recall?

I am often asked whether or not the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) can request a recall for meat or poultry products merely because the products test positive for Salmonella. The answer to that question today is no. However, there are time… Read More
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Hand Washing: A Simple Step

By Barbara J. Masters, D.V.M. How many of you have ever sat in a public location, such as the airport, and watched the number of people that enter the restroom talking on their cell phone? Creepy, huh? Not nearly as creepy as the same number of peopl… Read More
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Food Defense Plans

By Barbara J. Masters, D.V.M. One of the goals of the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Strategic Plan is to “ensure that facilities implement safeguards and systems to protect food from contamination by people who might try to intentionally a… Read More
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Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, Spring 2015

On behalf of the Agriculture practice group at OFW Law, here is a copy of our Spring newsletter. We hope you find it useful. To receive this periodic newsletter by e-mail, please contact Carrie Morgan at cmorgan@ofwlaw.com. Read More
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Don’t Rush the Holiday Preparations – Make Certain the Meat is Properly Cooked

Getting ready for holiday “get togethers”, one often finds themselves in a rush or behind on preparing the food for the party. Don’t let tardiness be the reason the party attendees end up with a case of foodborne illness. Don’t rush cooking o… Read More
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Stuffing Safety

It is that time of year again. I don’t cook –and I continue to provide food safety advice for those of you that do. Ah, it must be Thanksgiving. Last year I provided some tips on thawing and cooking your Thanksgiving turkey. I encourage you to re… Read More
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