FSIS revises raw poultry guidelines to curb pathogens

U.S – United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced the availability of revised guidelines to assist poultry establishments in controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw poultry. FSIS has reviewed the content of the guidelines in light of new scientific and technical information, public comments received on the 2015 guideline, and the agency’s decision to issue two separate guidelines — one on controlling Salmonella and the other on controlling Campylobacter. The guidelines help poultry establishments, including those that are small and very small, identify…

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USDA to conduct review of product of USA meat label

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) is set to initiate a top-to-bottom review of the “product of USA”(POTUSA) meat label to enable a comprehensive, effective and lasting rule-making on the topic, following the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) vote to strengthen its enforcement of the “Made in USA standard.” The USDA has implied that they together with FTC had received several comments on this issue, and comprehend that the current “Product of USA” label on meat products, may no longer effectively serve either of those purposes, to the detriment…

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NCBA petitions for new labelling scheme for beef products

USA -The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has petitioned USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for a new labeling scheme for beef products. The NCBA is the oldest and largest national trade association representing U.S. cattle producers, with more than 25,000 direct members and more than 250,000 producers represented through its 46 state affiliate associations. This is the second petition received by FSIS this year and it has been assigned to the FSIS Office of Policy and Program Development awaiting judgement. FSIS labeling standards are broadly permissive, allowing imported…

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