USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella that may be associated with raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken products. FSIS said these items may be labeled "chicken cordon bleu" or "chicken Kiev".
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has amended its regulations to allow chilled or frozen beef to be imported from two regions in South America under specific conditions that mitigate the risk of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced it has extended the deadline for members of the public to submit alternative proposals on a new industry-funded promotion, research and information order for organic products.
As USDA continues to work with state and local officials impacted by this year’s devastating outbreak of avian influenza, government officials say they have evaluated the efficacy of available vaccine options for HPAI, but determined additional criteria must be met before a vaccine can be approved for emergency use.