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Regulations & Legislation

Pathogen subtyping: methods and uses

March 31, 2014
Recently, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a white paper titled: “Current and Future Development and Use of Molecular Subtyping by USDA-FSIS.”
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Regulations & Legislation

FSIS revised Lm directive

March 4, 2014
On Jan. 10, 2014, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released its updated Directive 10,240.4, Rev. 3, entitled: “Verification Activities for the Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) Regulation and the Ready-To-Eat (RTE) Sampling Program.”
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Senate passes $1 trillion Farm Bill

February 5, 2014
Bill includes cuts to food stamp program, leaves COOL unaltered.
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Regulations & Legislation

Guide to FSIS sampling for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli

February 1, 2014
With the FSIS’ expanded sampling program for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli on bench trim, a prudent establishment should review its procedures as well as FSIS’ for any STEC testing.
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Farm Bill compromise reached; meat industry groups vow to “actively oppose” it

January 28, 2014
The bill did not resolve the issues of GIPSA funding and making country-of-origin labeling compliant to the World Trade Organization to the industry's favor.
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Spending bill bans horse slaughter in U.S.

January 20, 2014
A provision in the bill bans the funding of USDA inspections at horse slaughter plants.
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Regulations & Legislation

FSIS clarifies, expands routine trim sampling

January 15, 2014
On Dec. 13, 2013, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued Notice 81-13 to clarify and expand its routine trim sampling programs. Inspection program personnel (IPP) were to implement this notice beginning Jan. 5, 2014, with updating the plant profile so that sampling tasks can be appropriately scheduled.
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Senators lend support to Poultry Modernization Act

December 17, 2013
A bipartisan group of 13 Senators sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack supporting the Act.
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Regulations & Legislation

Getting right with ‘prereqs’

December 12, 2013
For “prerequisite programs”, there seems to be no single definition that covers all of them.
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Regulations & Legislation

Purchasing raw intact beef for non-intact uses

November 4, 2013
Whether or not the August 2013 proposed rule to mandate prominent labeling of raw “mechanically tenderized” beef is implemented by USDA-FSIS, producers of non-intact raw beef products (including ground) need to consider the raw materials used when assessing their food-safety system.
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