Tag Archives: FSIS

USDA Announces Comment Period on NCC Petition to Lift Poultry Line Speeds

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulates the production of meat, poultry, and egg products. In 2014, FSIS published a final rule called the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection” (79 FR 49566, Aug. 21, 2014) which amended the poultry regulations to establish an additional inspection system, called the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), for young chicken and … Continue Reading

IFSAC to Host Webinar on Foodborne Illness Source Attribution Estimates

Created in 2011, the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) is a partnership of three federal agencies—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (FSIS). IFSAC aims to enhance the coordination of federal food safety analytic … Continue Reading

FSIS to Host Meeting on Whole Genome Sequencing

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) provides insight into the genetic fingerprint of a pathogen by sequencing the chemical building blocks that make up its DNA and is increasingly being employed in food safety efforts.  Since 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regularly turned to WGS to better understand foodborne pathogens, including identifying the … Continue Reading

USDA: HACCP Reviews Required in Hurricane-Hit Areas

On September 19, 2017, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice requiring inspection personnel to notify establishments in hurricane-affected areas to reassess their hazard plans to ensure products are unadulterated. Under FSIS requirements, every establishment must reassess the adequacy of its HACCP plan whenever any changes occur that could affect the hazard analysis or … Continue Reading

National Chicken Council Petitions USDA to Lift Poultry Line Speed Limits

As our readership is well aware, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulates the production of meat, poultry, and egg products. To help achieve its enumerated food safety goals, FSIS is continuously seeking to develop and promote best practices at slaughter that may be used to prevent, eliminate, or reduce levels of potential microbiological contamination … Continue Reading

USDA-FSIS Issues Updated Guidelines for Premarket Label Approval

The labeling of meat and poultry products primarily falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS administers the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) and the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA). Both the FMIA and the PPIA require food manufacturers to obtain prior approval for labels of … Continue Reading

USDA Nutrition Facts Rule Placed on “Inactive” List

On January 19, 2017, USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) released a proposed rule to revise its nutrition labeling requirements for meat and poultry products to reflect current scientific research and dietary recommendations. FSIS indicates that the changes parallel FDA’s recently revised nutrition labeling requirements (see our previous blog coverage regarding FDA’s revised nutrition facts requirements here).  … Continue Reading

USDA Broadens Netherlands’ Access to U.S. Market for Raw Veal

Meat, poultry, and egg products imported to the United States fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS administers requirements that seek to ensure these products are produced under standards equivalent to the U.S. inspection system.  For nearly 2 decades, Dutch veal was banned from the … Continue Reading

FSIS to Begin Inspection of Catfish Despite Controversy

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in the July 3, 2017 Federal Register that, starting August 2, 2017, all shipments of imported Siluriformes fish and fish products (including catfish) entering the U.S. must be presented at an Official Import Inspection Establishment for re-inspection by FSIS personnel. As previously reported on this blog, … Continue Reading

USDA Halts Brazilian Fresh Beef Imports Amid Safety Concerns

As previously covered on this blog, Brazilian federal police raided several meat producers earlier this year for allegedly doling out bribes to inspectors to certify meat that was either rotten or tainted with Salmonella.  Following the bribery scandal, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) instituted 100% point-of-entry re-inspection of all Brazilian meat products imported into the United … Continue Reading

USDA Advances “Modernization of Pork Slaughter” Rule

Earlier this Spring, we reported that USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service intends to move forward with plans to modernize swine slaughter inspections by way of a “Modernization of Pork Slaughter” rule. The new rule – which has garnered significant industry support – aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal inspection process … Continue Reading

New FSIS Directive Indicates Expanded Testing of Brazilian Beef and Veal

As previously covered on this blog, Brazilian federal police raided several meat producers earlier this year for allegedly doling out bribes to inspectors to certify meat that was either rotten or tainted with Salmonella.  Following the bribery scandal, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) instituted 100% point-of-entry re-inspection of all Brazilian meat products imported into the United … Continue Reading

USDA Seeks to Advance “Modernization of Pork Slaughter” Rule

As our readership is well aware, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulates the production of meat, poultry, and egg products. To help achieve its enumerated food safety goals, FSIS is continuously seeking to develop and promote best practices at slaughter that may be used to prevent, eliminate, or reduce levels of potential microbiological contamination … Continue Reading

Animal Welfare Institute Calls for Greater Humane Slaughter Enforcement in New Report

Animal welfare – and, in particular, humane slaughter – have become hot-button issues in the food industry in response to consumer demand for ethically-raised foods.  The key federal agency charged with humane slaughter oversight is USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. With respect to livestock, USDA administers the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (7 USC, … Continue Reading

FDA and Federal Partners Issue New Food Safety Analytics Strategic Plan

Created in 2011, The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) is a partnership of three federal agencies—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (FSIS). IFSAC aims to enhance the coordination of federal food … Continue Reading

FSIS Issues Updated Guidance Concerning Beef and Veal Slaughter Best Practices

As our readership is well aware, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulates the production of meat, poultry, and egg products.  To help achieve its enumerated food safety goals, FSIS works with industry to develop and promote best practices at slaughter that may be used to prevent, eliminate, or reduce levels of potential microbiological … Continue Reading

FSIS Increases Beef Import Inspection From Certain Countries

By way of background, all meat and poultry food products are potentially subject to regulation by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) upon import into the U.S.  Turning to raw beef, in particular, when FSIS has determined that a foreign country is “equivalent” to export raw beef, FSIS may assign an E. coli O157:H7 … Continue Reading

FSIS Extends Comment Period for Updated Nutrition Labeling Requirements

As previously covered on this blog, FSIS recently released a proposed rule to revise its nutrition labeling requirements for meat and poultry products to reflect current scientific research and dietary recommendations. FSIS indicates that the changes parallel FDA’s recently revised nutrition labeling requirements (see our previous blog coverage regarding FDA’s revised nutrition facts requirements here). On, February 22, … Continue Reading

FSIS Sets Public Meeting on Food Allergens for March 16

As our readership is well aware, under current law, establishments regulated by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are required to declare all ingredients, including allergens, on their products’ labels.  If FSIS determines that a product under its jurisdiction contains undeclared allergens, the Agency requests the establishment to recall the product.  FSIS recently reported that since … Continue Reading

FSIS Proposes Amended Nutrition Labeling Requirements for Meat and Poultry Products

As previously covered on this blog, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently issued a notice announcing that meat and poultry manufacturers may voluntarily use FDA guidelines on nutrition labeling while FSIS is in the process of drafting its Nutrition Facts labeling rules for meat and poultry products. Once FSIS publishes a final rule to update … Continue Reading

FSIS Issues Notice on Nutrition Facts Labeling

FSIS has issued a notice indicating that meat and poultry manufacturers may voluntarily use FDA guidelines on nutrition labeling pending the issuance of updated FSIS Nutrition Facts labeling requirements. As our readership is well aware, FDA finalized its Nutrition Facts labeling requirements on May 20, 2016.  See previous blog coverage here.  Recently, USDA announced that it … Continue Reading

FSIS Requests Comments on Labeling Guidance for Animal Raising Claims

FSIS is seeking comments on an updated compliance guideline regarding the documentation needed to support animal raising claims on meat and poultry product labels. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) administers the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) and the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA).  The FMIA and PPIA authorize FSIS to approve labels for … Continue Reading

FSIS Issues New Directive Addressing HPAI and Agro-Terrorism

FSIS has issued a new Directive addressing steps it would take in the event of an HPAI or agro-terrorism incident. As our readership is well aware, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the federal agency charged with protecting the nation’s poultry and meat supply. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and agro-terrorism concerns prompted … Continue Reading

FSIS Data Release

FSIS to release establishment-specific data for public review. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has jurisdiction over meat, poultry, and egg products in the U.S.  FSIS employs thousands of food safety inspectors who evaluate products in facilities across the nation and at ports of entry into the U.S. FSIS has … Continue Reading
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