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Tune up and Be Ready - A Practice Tip from Dr. Doom

FSIS has indicated that based on some recent “negative events;” they will be increasing verification activities. Increased verification should not mean increased noncompliance. We should do what we say we are going to do and document that… Read More
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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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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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2012 in the Rear View Mirror

Now that that the Christmas stockings, Hanukkah menorahs and Kwanzaa harvest symbols have been put away until year end, and resolutions for 2013 have been written (and hopefully not broken yet!), it’s time for a little reflection. What follows is m… 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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