On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated the exemption secured under CERCLA and EPCRA. Animal agriculture needs to be aware of and develop a comprehensive plan to address this adverse decision.
On May 1, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) began the next phase of its nationwide Raw Pork Products Exploratory Sampling Project (RPPESP). The purpose of the project is to determine the prevalence of pathogens in pork and use this data to “inform food safety policies.”
While the FSIS-regulated food industry has directed most of its limited food-safety resources over the last decade toward keeping harmful pathogens out of its food products, the existence of undeclared allergens has become a major issue.