Although nationwide surveys have found illegal residues in meat and poultry at a low rate, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is seeking to improve how agency officials approach residue issues, including choosing cull cows for sampling.
The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) has received a favorable recommendation from Health Canada on its petition to permit the irradiation of ground beef in Canada, moving the process a step closer to final regulatory approval.
A Canadian alliance of corporate, government and university researchers was set to launch large-scale field trials this month in Alberta on a vaccine intended to attack E. coli O157:H7 bacteria in live animals.
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.