Category: Food & Beverage

USDA gets all but the line speed issue thrown out of court

The unions are down to one issue with the USDA about new inspection protocols for market hogs, and it is not food safety. After tossing out challenges to how USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service assigns inspectors, federal Judge Joan N. Ericksen agreed to hear the “line speed” issue. Ericksen

Letter from the Editor: Grounded

“I’ve always been crazy, but it’s kept me from going insane.” Waylon Jennings Opinion My last flight was out of Dallas Fort Worth on March 12. Total COVID-19 deaths in the United States on that date were 51. For reasons not necessary to get into, I’ve been commuting fairly often

EFSA reveals data on pesticide residues in food in Europe

Table grapes and peppers were among products that most often exceeded residue limits in random testing, according to the annual report on pesticides in food in the European Union. The report, published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), is based on data from official controls by EU member states,

Germans think risk of coronavirus transmission by food is low

The probability of coronavirus being transmitted via food is perceived by the public as being low, according to a survey in Germany. Two thirds said the probability of being infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) via food was low. More than one in five rated the chance as medium and

EU eases some food safety controls because of coronavirus pandemic

The European Commission is to give member states more flexibility to do official controls in the food supply chain because of coronavirus. The Commission leaders say the crisis relating to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) represents an “exceptional and unprecedented” challenge for the capacity of member states to conduct official controls and

Federal court orders property seized in immigration raid returned to Koch Foods

Koch Foods’ property seized in August 2019 by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from the company’s chicken processing plant in Morton, MS, must be returned, according to U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves. Koch was one of several USDA-inspected poultry processors in Mississippi targeted in this past summer’s

Water shut-offs pose safety risks during coronavirus pandemic

Imagine this, if you will. You’re a young dad. Three children, 3, 5 and 7. They’re not in school or daycare because the schools and daycare centers in your state have been closed down because of COVID-19, a coronavirus that spreads from person to person and that has already infected

Italy reveals results of food and drink controls

Most issues with food and beverages in Italy involved products of animal origin and were microbiological, according to a recent report from authorities. In 2018, almost 50,500 samples of food products were taken from all stages of the supply chain and nearly 130,000 analyzes conducted as part of official controls.

Dutch data shows no pathogen notified in most outbreaks

More than 4,000 foodborne outbreaks causing almost 22,000 illnesses and 13 deaths were recorded in the Netherlands during a 12-year period. A total of 4,155 outbreaks, with 21,802 ill people, were registered from 2006 to 2017. The top pathogens were norovirus, Salmonella and Campylobacter. In 580 outbreaks, with 8,441 sick,

USDA admits it may be misleading consumers with ‘Product of USA’ labeling

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service admitted Thursday it may be misleading consumers about where their meat comes from. The admission came in response to a petition filed by the United States Cattlemen’s Association about accurate labeling. “After considering the supporting information included in the petition, along with the supporting

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