New rules proposed to ‘modernize’ swine processing industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a series of changes affecting the swine industry in the U.S., particularly regarding the way hogs slaughtered for meat are processed. Regulators say the proposal will make industry practices better, but some worry about the implications for food safety.

USDA has proposed a new inspection system that […]

USDA proposes HACCP plans, Sanitation SOPs for egg product plants

A new rule has been proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve food safety practices in the egg industry.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed requiring egg product plants to develop Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems — which 93% of egg plants reportedly already use.

The […]

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Animal Science

Chicken productivity sensitive to light and sound – World Poultry Studies show that just as in humans, major abrupt changes to the day/night cycle of the chickens, such as waking up […]

Planning a BBQ this weekend? Read this first.

Memorial Day is almost here and that means many people are getting ready to head outside to soak up the sun with cookouts. However, warmer weather also increases the risk of foodborne illness. That is why the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care […]

FSIS releases mechanically tenderized beef labeling rule

Just in time for the summer grilling season, new labeling requirements for mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks went into effect earlier this week and aim to make meat prepared in this fashion safer for consumers to eat.

Under this rule, these products (about 6.2 billion servings annually) must bear labels that state that they […]

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Food Safety

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Announces Standardized Approach to Residues without Established Public Health Tolerances – USDA FSIS announced today that it is standardizing the approach it will take […]

FSIS announces new food safety guidelines for poultry and ground beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) recently announced it has posted new guidelines for poultry processors to better prevent Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw products during slaughter and processing, and new recordkeeping requirements for beef producers to make it easier and quicker to track foodborne illnesses to their source.

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Neogen can help with new FSIS guidelines for food allergens

In an effort to reduce adverse reactions to food allergens, along with potential recalls, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently released new guidelines to assist meat, poultry, and processed egg product producers in properly managing ingredients that could trigger such problems.

The new FSIS guidelines, entitled, “FSIS Compliance Guidelines […]

New Salmonella, Campylobacter performance standards for poultry proposed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings. Development of these new standards is a major step inthe FSIS’s Salmonella Action Plan, launched in December 2013 […]

Keeping Thanksgiving happy

Every household has their own Thanksgiving traditions, but when it comes to the meal, the turkey is oftentimes the center of attention. While there are several ways to prepare your holiday bird, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has food safety recommendations on how to properly prepare a […]