In a letter sent to USDA this week detailing examples of meat and poultry plants not receiving food safety inspections because of shortages in inspection personnel, nongovernmental organization Food & Water Watch says the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is mismanaged.
California poultry producer Foster Farms has issued a product recall after an investigation by USDA and CDC linked the company’s chicken to an ongoing outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella.
In order to control the overpopulation of feral swine in the country, USDA is starting to use sodium nitrite, a preservative used to cure meat, as a poison on the animals, reports the Associated Press.
In an active effort to find a solution to the declining bee population, USDA announced $8 million in funding the Conservation Reserve Program to give incentives to farmers and ranchers in the northern Midwest who establish new habitats for honey bee populations.
The American Federation of Government Employees is asking legislators to support an amendment to the 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to stop USDA from implementing a new poultry slaughter inspectionsystem that they say would jeopardize worker and food safety.
The National Cattleman’s Beef Association says it is “extremely disappointed” with the results of the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service’s final audit report conducted on Brazil’s meat inspection system.