New tools may mean more rules for meat, poultryMeat and poultry processors could face more stringent enforcement action if USDA adopts new tools currently under consideration. USDA said it may require mandatory notification when a federal establishment has reason to believe that meat or poultry has been adulterated or misbranded. In addition, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said USDA is considering a request for authority to impose civil penalties after notice in writing and continued lack of compliance.
“We have taken numerous actions to reduce pathogens. However, we need to modernize our regulatory tools to make additional progress,” said Veneman.
USDA will upgrade existing training programs by integrating scientific and technical advances, including HACCP validation, into its programs. In addition, USDA is creating collaborative teams to develop new decontamination strategies.