AG/FDA Blog

FSIS 2014 Annual Performance Plan

FSIS issued their 2014 Annual Performance Plan as a tool to document specific targets for 2014. In reviewing the plan for FSIS, it is clear that there is one main target for this food safety regulatory agency: Salmonella. The plan contains eight “g… Read More
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A Safe Thanksgiving

I am always amazed each Thanksgiving that my friends have questions on “cooking turkey.” I am even more amazed that they ask me questions, because I have a solid reputation for not being able to cook anything! That said, perhaps they ask beca… Read More
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FDA Released its Proposed Animal Food Rule: What’s in it?

FDA published its proposed animal food rule, Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals, in the Federal Register yesterday. The proposed rule, which FDA promulgated pursuant to sect… Read More
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Building the Relationship

In a time when there is an information vacuum, I would encourage all meat and poultry establishment operators to “build the relationship” with their FSIS inspection program personnel (IPP). While these individuals have a specific job to perform,… Read More
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It Is “That” Time of Year

No, it is not time to face the Christmas shopping crowds, the kids have their back to school supplies, and we have made our fantasy football selections. So what is it I am supposed to be dreading? Oh yes, final days for government budgets, continuing… Read More
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Reviewing Regulatory Noncompliance – It is Good For Your Business

Based on our experience reviewing a number of noncompliance records, we recommend that when USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) documents regulatory noncompliance at your facility, you review it with a “fine tooth comb.”… Read More
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AMS Issues Final COOL Amendment

On May 23, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) issued a final rule to amend the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations (which became effective March 16, 2009). The final rule provide… Read More
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Categories: USDA

New AMS Proposed Rule for COOL Drives Meat Industry Mad

While most people are filling out their brackets for March Madness®, producers of muscle cuts of meat are dealing with a different type of “March Madness.” On March 12, 2013, in response to a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that th… Read More
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What Should an Establishment Consider in Controlling Pathogenic STECs?

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) begins to conduct Food Safety Assessments (FSA) at beef slaughter establishments to verify controls for Pathogenic Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC), establishment… Read More
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FSIS Takes “Notice” Regarding Preventing Allergen Recalls

This summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a Notice (35-11) in response to an increase in recalls due to undeclared allergens in meat and poultry products. FSIS also hosted a webina… Read More
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