Food Safety


Congress Back for Three Weeks – Time (Barely) for Action

September 10, 2010

Summer recess has come to a close and Congress returns to Washington next week, with three weeks and less than 12 actual legislative days before the start of the new federal fiscal year on October 1. With a packed agenda – including a small business tax bill, extensions of some or all of the 2001 […]

Revised Senate Food Safety Bill Includes Important Amendments

August 13, 2010

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a copy of the “manager’s amendment” to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) which is, in essence, the bill as reported out of the HELP Committee late last year as modified by a long and arduous set of negotiations that have taken place […]

Know Your Farmer Blog and Agency Guides

August 1, 2010

USDA programs can often seem enigmatic and confusing.  Many farmers, rural development and conservation groups in need of financial or technical assistance are often either unaware of what USDA programs exist, or lack access to the assistance they seek. The USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative seeks to remedy this disconnect by strengthening […]

Legislative Roundup: Farm Credit Funding Passes, Other Food and Farm Legislation Could Move

July 28, 2010

[Friday July 30 update to story below — A measure to fund the Pigford II class action settlement between USDA and black farmers is now expected to come to the Senate floor early next week as a stand alone measure.  The Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) is now not expected to be taken up […]

FSIS Names Advisory Committee on Meat & Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2010

On Thursday, July 15, USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service announced the reestablishment of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) and the newly appointed members of the committee for 2010-2012. Established in 1971, the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) advises the Secretary of the USDA on federal and […]

FDA Calls for Comments on Antibiotics Use Guidance

June 29, 2010

On Monday June 28th, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance entitled “The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals,” calling for public comment during the next 60 days. The use of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, whether in people or animals, hastens the development of resistant microbes, including bacteria.  […]

Food Safety Talks: An Interview with NSAC’s Ferd Hoefner

June 22, 2010

By Patty Cantrell, Senior Policy Specialist at Michigan Land Institute, a consultant for the National Good Food Food Network & Co-Chair of NSAC’s Marketing, Food Systems and Rural Development Issue Committee As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on new food safety regulations, the National Good Food Network (NGFN) has posted a series of interviews […]

First FSIS Public Hearing On Controversial Guidance

June 18, 2010

On June 14, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) held the first of three public meetings to discuss and receive comments on their controversial HACCP Systems Validation Guidance document aimed at small and very-small meat and poultry facilities.  View the FSIS Press release here. The guidance document issued in March of 2010 is intended […]

FSIS Announces Public Hearing on Controversial Guidance

June 4, 2010

On June 4, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a series of public meetings in response to the release of their controversial guidance document back in March on HACCP Systems Validation for small and very small meat and poultry processing facilities. The first public meeting will be held on June 14 from 8:30-1:00 at […]

Moving Legislation – What’s in it for Food and Agriculture

May 21, 2010

With the financial regulation bill approved in the Senate and moving to conference with the House-passed bill, and with the one week Memorial Day recess just a week away, several key legislative items are starting to move quickly.  A brief review follows, highlighting what is in the bills for food and agriculture. Budget Resolution – […]

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