USDA researchers discover 33 new mycotoxin-producing fungi species

U.S – The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has identified 33 new species of mycotoxin-producing fungi that are part of the Fusarium genus, paving the way for research to fight a grave threat to the world’s food supply. Several Fusarium species are known to produce toxic secondary metabolites in plant tissues, among which Trichothecenes…

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USDA reviews standards for organic livestock, poultry

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a review of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) to promote a fairer and more competitive market for organic producers. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling, transport for slaughter and avian living…

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USDA issues two new HACCP models for raw intact catfish

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) has released two generic Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) models for raw, intact catfish products (Siluriformes). One model demonstrates the process of developing a HACCP plan for farm-raised catfish, and the other model illustrates the process for wild-caught catfish. Generally, live catfish are processed…

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USDA raises alarm over spiking cases of Lumpy Skin Disease in India

INDIA – The United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has raised an alarm over the spreading cases of lumpy skin disease (LSD) in various States in India. The LSD has so far spread to the northern states of Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh with various Indian media sources reporting that cattle deaths are around 2,111 in Rajasthan…

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USDA integrates Salmonella quantification testing in regional laboratories

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has integrated Salmonella quantification testing in its Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS)  regional laboratories, as part of its new approach to handling Salmonella in poultry. In June, the USDA announced that it was rethinking its approach to Salmonella in poultry based on a review of data from 2015 to 2020…

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USDA modifies handling regulations for kiwifruit grown in California

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released draft regulations that seek to modify the current handling regulations prescribed under the federal marketing order for kiwifruit grown in California. This action would revise the size and uniformity requirements for all varieties of Actinidia chinensis species of kiwifruit regulated under the marketing order. A corresponding change would be made…

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USDA initiates awareness campaign to prevent spread of African swine fever

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has initiated an outreach and awareness campaign dubbed “Protect Our Pigs”, to prevent the introduction and spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the U.S. Through the campaign, APHIS will support commercial pork producers, veterinarians and pig owners with information and resources to safeguard…

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USDA funds Kansas State University researchers to control Salmonella in turkey

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has funded researchers at Kansas State University to enable them explore ways to predict Salmonella contamination in turkey flocks at pre-harvest. In 2021, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) expressed that finding a better approach to reduce Salmonella contamination in chickens and…

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USDA embarks on study to enhance traceability during E.coli related foodborne outbreaks

U.S – Scientists at the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have embarked on a study of how the DNA of a specific population of E. coli O157:H7 gradually evolves within its natural environment, to enhance traceability in case of a foodborne outbreak. E. coli O157:H7 is a frequent source of concern for public health due…

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USDA clears  Scantech Sciences to commence commercial operations

U.S – Scantech Sciences, a company enhancing the quality of produce by eliminating pests and pathogens  has achieved the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) certification for commercial operations at its Rio Grande Valley ECP Processing Facility. This milestone is the culmination of years of proprietary technology and process development, which led to the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)…

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