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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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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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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Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, Spring 2014

On behalf of OFW Law’s Agriculture practice group, here is a copy of our new 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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Getting to the Roots of Listeria – A Practice Tip from Ms. Gloom

Dr. Doom discussed “getting to the roots” of issues to ensure the cause is eliminated in her recent article. This is the same approach that facilities need to use each and every time they have a positive finding of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), or… Read More
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USDA-FSIS’ “Test and Hold” Policy

On February 8, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) policy on “Test and Hold” will go into effect. This policy requires “official establishments and importers of record to maintain… Read More
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Updated FSIS Guideline Refocuses Attention on Listeria Control

By Brett T. Schwemer, as published in the October 2012 issue of The National Provisioner. This summer, the focus of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has clearly been on the control of Shiga-toxin… Read More
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