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Smithfield Foods Sued Over “Safest” Pork Claims

The Organic Consumers Association, represented by the Richman Law Group, has filed suit against Smithfield Foods, alleging that the company’s representation of its products as the “safest” on the market is false and misleading.

FSIS Proposes Voluntary USDA Inspection of Yak

The Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed to include yak and other farmed Bovidae, Cervidae, and Camelidae species among the “exotic animals” eligible for voluntary USDA inspection. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed rule until July 31, 2020.

OIG Finds USDA Used Questionable Worker Safety Data

According to the Washington Post, the Office of the Inspector General has concluded the United States Department of Agriculture concealed and altered data in order to promote the new pig inspection system.

OIG Finds Discrepancies in FSIS Labeling Regulation

The Office of Inspector General’s latest audit of controls over meat, poultry, and egg product labels found that approximately 15% of approved required labels and 18% of approved generic labels were likely inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported.

Bill Would Suspend Increases in Line Speeds

H.R. 7521 proposes to suspend active and prohibit future waivers for high line speeds in slaughterhouses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Petition Requests FSIS Declare Salmonella as Per Se Adulterant in Meat and Poultry

A petition submitted on behalf of Food & Water Watch, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports, and several individuals requests that the Food Safety Inspection Service declare a number of types of Salmonella outbreaks to be per se adulterants in meat and poultry products under the Federal Meat Inspection Act and Poultry Products Inspection Act. The agency is accepting comments on the petition until March 23, 2020.

USDA Faces Poultry Products Inspection Act Lawsuit Over Humane Handling

The Animal Welfare Institute and Farm Sanctuary, represented by the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Clinic, have filed suit against the United States Department of Agriculture, alleging that the agency has failed to require humane handling of birds at slaughter.

USDA Seeks Public Input on Data Collection from Poultry Slaughterhouses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its intention to request a new information collection for poultry Finished Product Standards (FPS) under the Poultry Products Inspection Act. Since 1987, FSIS regulations have required that processed birds meet FPS standards before and after chilling to better ensure consistent production quality. Annually, FSIS collects responses from eighty poultry slaughter plants and is seeking public input on whether the ongoing information collection is necessary for FSIS functions, as well as ways that it could be improved. Comments are due on or before April 29, 2022.

USDA Announces Eligibility of Yak for Food Safety Inspections

The Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that it has added yak to the definition of “exotic animals” that are eligible for FSIS inspection. The list also includes reindeer, elk, deer, antelope, water buffalo, bison, and buffalo.

FSIS Announces Recall of Salami Sticks Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Euro Foods, dba Citerio USA, a Pennsylvania-based company, is recalling 119,091 pounds of salami stick products. FSIS issued a public health alert on October 29, 2021, believing that the products were no longer in circulation. However, Citerio announced the recall after samples taken by the California Department of Health tested positive for salmonella.