AG/FDA Blog

Doom and Gloom Suggest “Keeping Watch on Listeria”

Dr. Doom and Ms. Gloom have been addressing the fact that both FSIS and FDA are paying more attention to Listeria control in ready-to-eat facilities. In previous blogs, they have discussed facility maintenance and repair as well as employee practices… Read More
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Flo and H’Jean (aka Doom and Gloom)

Last year, Dr. Doom and Ms. Gloom offered tips for facility maintenance and repair to assist facilities in being prepared for the selection of targeted sampling by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and/or Food and Drug Administra… Read More
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Doom and Gloom: “Check the Room”

All ready-to-eat processors, whether regulated by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will have the environment, food contact surfaces, and products sampled for Listeria monocytogenes. While many f… Read More
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Doom and Gloom Challenges for Success Under FSMA

Are you set up to succeed under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) preventive controls final rules for human and animal food that have been sent to the Federal Register? Have you taken preliminary steps in your operation in advance of these r… 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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Data Driven Decision Making by Dr. Doom

When asked to visit an establishment to assess compliance, my first step is always to ask for data. Establishment food safety data, laboratory results, regulatory data, audits…. What story is being told? Is there a trend in the making? Upward trend… Read More
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Steps to Prevent Allergen Recalls, Part Two – Another Practice Tip from Ms. Gloom

In Part One, we discussed using transparencies on the receiving dock as an easy way for personnel to quickly ascertain whether or not the incoming ingredient (at least its ingredient statement) was the same as your specification. See our earlier blog… Read More
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“Time”-ly Tip from Dr. Doom

There has been a great deal of noise in the media recently about “plants running without inspection” and the significance to both the establishment and to FSIS. It is important to remember that no operations requiring inspection shall be conducte… Read More
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Practical Tips From “Dr. Doom and Ms. Gloom”

Meet “Dr. Doom” and “Ms. Gloom” “Dr. Doom” Mixed in with the attorneys at OFW Law is the former USDA Food Safety Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Administrator, Dr. Barbara Masters. Dr. Masters is a veterinarian who spent eighteen years with… Read More
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