If the bird flu vaccine is used, how will it affect your food?

It was recently announced that a vaccine to help protect the nation’s chickens from avian influenza has cleared a first hurdle with the Agriculture Department granting its maker a “conditional” license. This comes after more than 48 million birds died during an outbreak earlier this year and helps to ease some worries from farmers, producers […]

Monday links

Long weekend? Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Researchers Study Horses’ Fearfulness and Learning Ability –The Horse Researchers know that a horse’s personality traits can explain some of the differences we see in horses’ behavior and learning. […]

Today’s chickens are not your grandpa’s chickens

According to a recent study, chickens today are four times larger than they were 60 years ago but contrary to popular belief, it’s not steroids, hormones or artificial enlargers that are not to blame. Instead, it’s our eating habits that have resulted in the breeding of larger birds.

Published in the Journal Poultry Science and […]

New Salmonella standards coming for beef and poultry

The beef and poultry industry will soon see new performance standards for inspection procedures that aim to prevent illnesses relating to Salmonella, according to a recent article published in Food Safety News.

Planned to take effect within a year, these inspection procedures are being developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service (FSIS) and […]

These 26 foods have required place settings

One of the major goals of food labeling is to make it accurate, easy to understand and not misleading for consumers. That is just one of the jobs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)—and there are more food labels than you may think that are under regulation.

Specifically for […]

Save the environment through your refrigerator

As your mother has probably told you: eat your fruits and vegetables.

As the nutrition experts have told you: keep a divided plate, eating so many servings of not only fruits and veggies, but proteins, carbohydrates and more.

But maybe it isn’t just your health that everyone has been keeping in mind—but also the environment’s.

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FSIS: China’s poultry processing inspection equivalent to U.S.

China’s poultry processing food safety inspection system once again has been named as equivalent to that of the U.S., which clears the way for Chinese exporters to ship processed poultry products to the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) first designated China’s system as equivalent to the U.S. […]

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 […]

Avoid food safety personal fouls this Super Bowl Sunday

Can you feel that – a tinge of electricity in the air, a distant rumble of heavy steps in the distance?

Ladies and gentlemen, Super Bowl Sunday is almost upon us.

So bust out the chili con carne and chicken wings and check out these food safety tips to make sure your Super Bowl party […]

USDA launches new rules for poultry products

Companies that produce certain raw ground poultry products have a lot of work to do in the next three months under new rules announced yesterday.

In a statement posted Wednesday, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is requiring companies that produce raw ground chicken and turkey to reassess their hazard analysis and critical […]