FSMA update: International capacity building plan announced

A plan to prevent food safety issues abroad before the products reach the U.S. was unveiled today.

The international food safety capacity building plan “provides a strategic framework for FDA’s international food safety capacity-building activities,” according to a statement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

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HACCP plans for certain poultry products to be reviewed, pathogen sampling program to expand

Facilities that produce not ready-to-eat (NRTE) chicken and turkey products must reassess their plans that help prevent hazards from entering their goods.

Along with defining NRTE comminuted (read: pulverized or broken down) products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also plans to expand its Salmonella and Campylobacter verification program. A new NRTE comminuted poultry sampling […]

FSA reports second wave of species identification test results

Additional results have come in under a United Kingdom-wide testing program for horse meat in beef products.

So far, more than 99 percent (or 3,599 samples) of samples tested contained no horse DNA “at or above the level of 1 percent.” Less than 1 percent (35 results) of samples tested contained horse DNA at or […]

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Ayrshire testing firm leads safety checks against horse meat – Ayrshire Post

Neogen’s horse species identification test gets a news mention.

Neogen launches gliadin and sesame tests in Reveal […]

From mastiffs to maltese, dogs recognize their own species

As far as canines are concerned, a dog’s a dog.

It turns out that dogs don’t differentiate between breeds when they look at their canine compatriots. However, they can tell the difference between dogs and other species, according to a study published in the journal Animal Cognition.

Although dog species can vary greatly in size, […]

U.S. may be upgraded to “negligible” risk status for BSE

The United States soon could be moved to a “negligible” status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow) – a lower status than the current level of “controlled”.

The move comes after the U.S. submitted an application to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) last year seeking the change from “controlled” to “negligible,” […]

As senators push for action on Russian import restrictions, China looks at ractopamine

A group of U.S. senators have called on U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to quickly resolve a Russian ban on U.S. pork, beef and turkey products because of a disagreement over the feed additive ractopamine.

Earlier this month, Russia enacted import restrictions on the products over concerns they may contain ractopamine, a feed additive that […]

Do turkeys have a drinking problem?

Dr. Mueez Ahmad, DVM

Technical services veterinarian

Neogen

Although we’ve heard of chickens crossing the road from various sources, turkeys apparently are not very interested in whatever may be on the other side of the road. It sounds like turkeys have a better road sense than chickens. However, when […]

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New country-of-origin labeling regulations: No new law – Food Safety News

U.S. officials hope to amend its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law while still complying with a World Trade Organization […]

FSA reports initial species identification test results, testing expands across Europe

Testing of beef for horse DNA still is underway in the United Kingdom (U.K.), as calls to test expand throughout Europe.

Of the 2501 samples tested so far in the U.K., 2472, or roughly 99 percent, came back negative for horse DNA and 29 samples, or about 1 percent, came back positive. About 950 tests […]