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Consumer rights group says inadequate USDA inspection leaves consumers at risk

By Jeremy Gerrard
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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.


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Foster Farms recalls products after link to Salmonella outbreak

By Jeremy Gerrard
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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.


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Sodium nitrite tested as poison on feral swine

By Jeremy Gerrard
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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.


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USDA funds declining honey bee population

By Jeremy Gerrard
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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.


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USDA Secretary travels to Europe to discuss T-TIP

By Jeremy Gerrard
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is meeting with foreign leaders throughout Europe this week to talk about the future of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).


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AFGE urges passing amendment to block USDA plan

By Jeremy Gerrard
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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.


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TECH FLASH

Newly released Obama regulatory plan shows slow progress on key initiatives

Food safety initiatives like the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection will see further delays in implementation.
By Shane O'Halloran
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The plan details regulatory and deregulatory activities under development throughout the federal government


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NCBA reacts to audit of Brazil meat inspection

By Jeremy Gerrard
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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.


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USDA launches new budget resource for health conscious consumers

By Jeremy Gerrard
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USDA announced Healthy Eating on a Budget this week, a new addition to ChooseMyPlate.gov, which aims to inform consumers how to shop healthy while still on a budget.


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USDA highlights trade progress after Mexico City Forum

By Jeremy Gerrard
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USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack reported on recent trade developments with Mexico following a panel discussion at the Global Forum on Agro Food Expectations in Mexico City.


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