Tag Archives: POULTRY

Senators Press for Reopening of China to U.S. Poultry

As previously covered on this blog, as part of a deal to resume U.S. beef exports to China, the U.S. pledged that it would remove obstacles to importing cooked Chinese poultry meat.  In support of this pledge, on June 16, 2017, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a proposed rule (82 FR 27625) amending its inspection regulations to … Continue Reading

Pew Study Assesses Food Safety Efforts from Farm to Fork

A Pew Charitable Trusts study released this month examines “preharvest” food safety control measures currently used on farms and feedlots and concludes that efforts to reduce contamination of meat and poultry products from harmful pathogens requires a comprehensive “farm to fork” approach. The study specifically examined food safety control measures designed to limit exposure on … Continue Reading

USDA Releases Proposed Rule to Facilitate Cooked Chinese Chicken Imports

As part of a deal to resume U.S. Beef exports to China, the U.S. recently pledged that it would remove obstacles to importing cooked Chinese poultry meat. (See previous blog coverage here.) Currently, China is only eligible to export poultry products to the U.S. that have been processed from birds slaughtered in U.S. establishments or at slaughter … Continue Reading

Consumer Group Denounces Plan to Import Cooked Poultry from China

As previously covered on this blog, late last week, the White House announced that China would resume beef imports no later than July 16, 2017 as part of a broader trade agreement with China.  In return, the U.S. pledged that it will remove obstacles to importing cooked Chinese poultry meat. In response, Food & Water Watch issued a statement expressing … 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

CSPI Petitions USDA for Cancer-Risk Warning Labels on Meat

For years, researchers have debated the link between the consumption of red meat and cancer.  On October 26, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) took what is perhaps the most definitive and aggressive position thus far by any health organization on this hot-button issue, announcing that, based on a 22-member expert panel’s analysis of more … 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

Salmonella Sampling

FSIS implements new Salmonella sampling “fix.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulates the production of poultry products.  As part of its regulatory activities, FSIS conducts testing for Salmonella.  In this context, concerns arose regarding whether the use of antimicrobial sanitizers in poultry facilities may be masking the presence of Salmonella … Continue Reading

California Provision Goes Slack

Federal law preempts California slack fill challenges for USDA-regulated products. Under the California Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, companies can be challenged for including “nonfunctional slack fill” in product packaging.  Slack fill is the empty space between products and their packaging, and the goal of California’s requirements is to prevent consumer deception when products are … Continue Reading

Poultry Practice Points

USDA issues revised guidelines for poultry processors to control Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulates the production of meat products, poultry products, and egg products. FSIS has released revised poultry processing guidelines intended to help poultry establishments prevent Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination of … Continue Reading
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