Tag Archives: USDA

GM Labeling Update: Ingredient Disclosure Debate

As previously reported on this blog, legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018. On June 28, 2017, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted a … Continue Reading

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

San Francisco Ordinance Requires Grocery Chains to Disclose Antibiotic Use in Meat

For years, FDA, USDA, and various industry stakeholders have sought to tackle public health concerns associated with the use of medically important antibiotics to promote growth or feed efficiency in food-producing animals.  In the U.S., FDA is working with industry to gradually phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for production … 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

Bipartisan Senate Bill to Increase Ag Export Funding Praised by Farmers

Legislation that would increase funding for two U.S. Department of Agriculture export promotion programs was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week. Sponsored by Senators Angus King (I-ME), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Susan Collins (R-ME), the “Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act” (S. 1839) would increase funding for … Continue Reading

CA Court Upholds Foie Gras Ban

Foie gras is a culinary delicacy made from the fattened liver of a duck or goose.  It can be produced through a process called gavage in which the birds are force-fed through tubes inserted into their esophagus.  Foie gras sales derived from this method were prohibited in California following the passage of a bill in … 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

GMO Labeling Law Update: USDA Releases Study Exploring Potential Challenges of Using Electronic and Digital Disclosures on Food Labels

As previously reported on this blog, legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law, entitled the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018.  Under the … Continue Reading

Center for Food Safety Sues Trump Administration Over GM Labeling

As previously reported on this blog, legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 29, 2018.  The law requires the USDA to have conducted … Continue Reading

USDA Rolls Out New Animal Welfare Compliance Database

USDA Animal Care is a component of the Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Animal Care works with states, regulated industries, animal advocacy groups and other non-governmental organizations to support the welfare of millions of animals across the U.S. In July 2016, APHIS formally initiated a comprehensive review and update of Animal Care’s … 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

New Final Rule Strengthens USDA Enforcement of COOL Requirements

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements at 7 CFR Part 60 and 7 CFR Part 65 require retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of covered commodities, which include muscle cut and ground lamb, goat, and chicken; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts; and … Continue Reading

GM Labeling Rule Update – USDA Extends Deadline for Stakeholder Input

As previously reported on this blog, legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018.  Under the new law, food companies would have three … 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

GE Salmon Labeling Mandate Included in Senate Appropriations Bill

As previously reported on this blog, Senate Bill 764, which requires the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients, was signed into law on July 29, 2016. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018. Under the … Continue Reading

BSE Case in AL Prompts S. Korea to Boost Quarantine Checks of U.S. Beef

Earlier this week, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in an eleven-year old cow in Alabama (AL).  APHIS reports that this animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to … 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

USDA Advances Interim Final Rule to Ease Nutrition Requirements for School Meals

Enacted in 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) set rigid nutrition standards for schools and paved the way for the subsequent implementation of school meal rules that many in the industry argue have limited the flexibility of school foodservice providers, led to increased food waste in school cafeterias, and resulted in declining participation in the National … Continue Reading

CFIA Launches New Online Consultation to Streamline Regs Between Canada and U.S.

The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) is a joint initiative between Canada and the United States that facilitates regulatory cooperation between the two countries and aims to enhance economic competitiveness. The RCC was created in 2011 to facilitate closer cooperation between Canada and the United States to develop smarter approaches to regulations and to make both economies stronger and more competitive, while … Continue Reading

Update: Industry Urges USDA to Start Over on Proposed Rule to Revamp APHIS Biotech Regs

For decades, the U.S. government has regulated genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under a regulatory framework called the “Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology” (Coordinated Framework).  The Coordinated Framework explains the different roles played by the three major agencies involved in the regulation of GMOs: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates GMOs under 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

ABC News and BPI Reach Settlement in Lean Finely Textured Beef Litigation

As previously covered on this blog, in the Spring of 2012, ABC News aired a series of reports on “Lean Finely Textured Beef” (LFTB), referring to the product as “pink slime.” The media coverage of LFTB and resulting consumer concern led many quick serve chains to discontinue using beef that contains LFTB.  In addition, over … Continue Reading
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