USDA highlights significance of ground beef food safety best practices to prevent E.coli

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) has emphasized the significance of improving outreach to food retail stores about best food safety practices for beef that will be ground in an after-action review of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to ground beef in 2022. The E. coli outbreak under investigation occurred…

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USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service releases 2023-2026 Strategic Plan

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) has released its 2023-2026 Strategic Plan, the foundation document for both the long range and day-to-day operations of the agency. The agency announced that the updated plan continues to emphasize the importance of science and data to implement advanced and innovative approaches to food safety.…

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USDA proposes amending animal disease traceability rule to enable rapid disease diagnosis

U.S – The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is recommending amending the rules governing animal disease traceability and requiring electronic identification for the interstate movement of specific cattle and bison. Rapid disease diagnosis, containment, and eradication are essential for safeguarding the welfare of American livestock, the producers’ livelihoods, and the…

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USDA publishes final rule for organic certification to strengthen sector compliance

U.S – The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its National Organic Program (NOP) has published its final rule on the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) final rule, reinforcing oversight and enforcement of the production, handling, and sale of organic products. This final rule implements 2018 Farm Bill mandates, responds to industry requests for updates to the USDA organic regulations, and…

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USDA swears in new Food Safety Under Secretary

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has appointed José Emilio Esteban, Ph.D., as the organization’s new Under Secretary for Food Safety. Dr. Esteban joined the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in 2001 and held the roles of Laboratory Director for the Western Laboratory, Scientific Advisor for laboratory services and research coordination, and Executive Associate for laboratory…

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U.S agencies team up to raise food safety standards worldwide

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are launching the Food Safety for Food Security Partnership, to enhance the availability and trade of healthy food items in low- and middle-income countries in order to combat hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. The program, also known as FS4FS, calls…

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USDA’s Agricultural Research Service seeks biocontrol techniques in mitigating aflatoxin contamination

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA’s ARS) researchers are utilizing a bioplastic coating to naturally protect seeds from Aspergillus, a type of fungus that generates aflatoxin. Due to the carcinogenic and other negative consequences of the chemical, exposure to aflatoxins raises concerns about food safety. “Aflatoxin is a major problem. In 1999 and 2000, a…

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USDA proposes new strategy to control Salmonella contamination in poultry products

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released a proposed regulatory framework for a new strategy to control Salmonella contamination in poultry products and reduce foodborne illnesses attributed to these products. The proposed framework has been shaped by months of information-gathering and discussions with a wide range of stakeholders, researchers, and scientists.…

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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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