FSIS to tighten residue rule
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has disclosed plans to reduce the levels of chemical residues in meat and poultry products allowed under current rules. To put teeth in the new regulations, FSIS said it will begin posting a list of livestock or poultry sellers with repeat residue violations on the agency's home page. FSIS administrator Thomas J. Billy said the move is aimed at making the nation's food supply safer. "FSIS is continuously working to improve residue control measures. By working with industry and other government agencies, we will be able to provide a more wholesome food supply," he said. FSIS works with the FDA and EPA to control chemical residues. The FDA sets residue tolerance levels for veterinary drugs and the EPA sets levels for pesticides. FSIS inspectors collect meat and poultry samples to enforce residue tolerances. Once a producer is listed for repeat violations, the business must have consecutive inspections with no violations in order to be removed from the list.