The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) has announced plans to launch a new Food Safety and Quality Systems Supplier Audit Program as a means of coordinating the audits of food manufacturing facilities and their suppliers.
Despite his comments at an October meeting of the Food Industry Codex Coalition, Thomas Billy does not have immediate plans to resign from his post as administrator of the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).
Consumers are less confident than they were a year ago about the ability of meat and poultry packers to ensure food safety, in spite of major efforts to bolster testing and inspection of their products, according to the CMF&Z Marketing Communications' Eighth Annual Food Safety Survey.
A General Accounting Office report prepared at the request of the U.S. House Committee on Commerce concludes the benefits of food irradiation outweigh any risks, but industry insiders question if it is enough to motivate retailers to step up marketing of irradiated beef, poultry and other products.
With steadily increasing orders pushing its annual sales past $450 million, meat processor Koch Foods decided to construct a poultry processing plant in Fairfield, Ohio, that had the flexibility to fill any type or size of order the company received.