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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10/21/14 Health News; FDA WARNING LETTERS ♦ USDA NEEDS TO TIGHTEN UP STANDARDS FOR POULTRY ♦ WHAT U.S. CAN LEARN ABOUT POULTRY INSPECTION

FDA WARNING LETTERS: DRUG RESIDUES, SEAFOOD PROCESSING, COCONUT BUTTER
In recently posted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters, three producers were cited for holding animals “under conditions that are so inadequate that medicated animals bearing potentially harmful drug residues are likely to enter the food supply.” Papas Dairy of North Bangor, NY, was cited for illegal drug residue in a calf sold... Continue Reading
The U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) take action to reduce pathogen contamination on chicken and turkey products, make sure that agency food-safety standards are being met, and better assess whether on-farm practices are effective in reducing pathogens in live poultry. In... Continue Reading
WHAT U.S. CAN LEARN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES ABOUT MEAT, POULTRY INSPECTION

As the new Modernization of Poultry Inspection rule went into effect Monday, the Pew Charitable Trusts and Center for Science in the Public Interest released their review of global meat and poultry inspection systems. They recommended that U.S. policymakers begin a broader, data-driven effort to update the Department of Agriculture’s inspection system. Traditional slaughter inspection methods for beef, pork and... Continue Reading

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