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New Directive Might Make It Harder to Get FSIS Staff to Speak at Outside Meetings

Employees of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are getting the first changes in 10 years in how they go about getting permission to speak to outside groups — ranging from their kid’s local scout troops to national conventions. And it might just make it harder to get a green light for such outside... Continue Reading

Congress Moves to Create a Single Food-Safety Super-Agency From FDA and USDA Components

Things could get less complicated around here. As an eye-opening feature by Wil S. Hylton in this week's New Yorker made pretty much painfully clear, the federal government's approach to protecting Americans from outbreaks of things like E. Show More Summary

Proposed 'Safe Food Act' Would Create One Food Safety Agency

Duties would no longer be split between agencies like the FDA and USDA. Lawmakers are hoping to form a single agency that oversees all aspects of food safety. Currently, according to Reuters, the system is fragmented: "Most of the responsibility for food safety lies with the Food and Drug Administration [while] the U.S. Show More Summary

USDA cannot restrict GMO pine - AgMinute for January 28, 2015

A genetically modified variety of pine developed by Arborgen cannot be restricted by USDA, the agency has determined. Click here for the full story

Raisin ruling may impact crop volume controls - AgMinute for January 22, 2015

A farmer's legal challenge to USDA's marketing order for raisins will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court and could have an impact on other volume controls for crops. Click here for the full story

USDA Introduces New Maple Syrup Grading System To Clear Up Consumer Confusion

If you think people don’t take maple syrup seriously, clearly you have never been to Vermont. While that state already switched up its grading system for the sweet stuff, the rest of the country is set to change as well with new categories introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week. To make sure the country is in … [More]

US: HPAI confirmed in Californian turkey flock

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N8 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County, California.

Avian Flu Detected in Foster Farms Turkey Flock

A strain of avian flu has been found at a Foster Farms turkey ranch in Stanislaus County, CA, the company announced this past Saturday. It’s the first time the virus has been found in commercial poultry since 2004. According to USDA policy, the ranch was quarantined and the animals are being killed to prevent the virus... Continue Reading

Charts: Dinner Is Now On The Menu At Schools With Poor Kids

Following up on Christine Armario's January 15 AP story about the growth of schools offering after-school meals as well as breakfast and lunch, here's a chart and file from the USDA showing which states are serving how many of these kinds of meals. Show More Summary

New measures by USDA against Salmonella and Campylobacter

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings.

Is Deere & Company's (DE) Guidance Too Conservative?

A look at the latest USDA crop production and price forecasts, and what the numbers suggest about Deere's guidance for 2015.

USDA Secretary orders update of animal welfare research strategy

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. The emailed memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young, head of the agency’s Agricultural...

Exclusive: USDA Secretary orders update of agency's animal welfare research strategy

6 days agoNews : The Newsroom

By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and send him an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters. Show More Summary

USDA's Meat Animal Research Center: An American Horror Story

This week, The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into deplorable animal treatment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), a sprawling complex of laboratories in Nebraska with...Show More Summary

USDA cracks down on poultry industry; West Covina woman sues Foster Farms

Just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced plans to crack down on poultry industry food-safety lapses, a West Covina woman is suing Foster Farms, saying she was sickened from eating the company’s chicken. 

USDA files action against Taylor Produce LLC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against Taylor Produce LLC, according to a USDA news release.

USDA names potato board appointments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named 33 appointments to the National Potato Promotion Board.

New Web tools make USDA data easy to grab

Key Fruit and vegetable statistics were updated yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. When I visited the ERS site, I found that the data is accessible with interactive online tables that I had not seen before.

FSIS Releases New Salmonella, Campylobacter Performance Standards for Poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that its new pathogen performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground poultry and chicken parts will prevent about 50,000 illnesses each year. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection...Show More Summary

Clean Up Those Contaminated Chicken Parts, USDA Tells Industry

The government wants to make your chicken meat safer to handle. The USDA is proposing legal limits on the chicken parts that are contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

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