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Features: 1,000 Inspectors Slated to Lose Jobs

A proposal by the USDA to phase out about 1,000 government inspection positions at poultry slaughter plants across the U.S. is a sensible move, said poultry experts interviewed by Food Quality.

Features: Will Closing 259 USDA Offices Affect Food Safety?

With $3 billion slashed from its operating budget since 2010, the USDA has announced it will close 259 offices beginning this year—including FSIS sites in Lawrence, Kan., Minneapolis, Minn., and Madison, Wis., along with 15 of the nearly 600 U.S. offices of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Features: California Takes Lead on Listeria

Listeria doesn’t just make consumers ill—it can bring an industry to its knees.

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Features: FDA May Modify Rule on Arsenic in Juice

In the wake of a Consumer Reports study that found levels of arsenic that exceeded the federal standards for bottled water (10 parts per billion, or ppb) in about 10% of sampled apple and grape juices, the FDA has said it will consider tightening its restrictions on arsenic levels in juice.

Departments: The Highest Calling

Over the past 100 years, the ways in which our food is produced, distributed, and regulated have changed dramatically. We have witnessed the maturation of our nation and the industry that keeps it fed. And, today, the concept of food safety is at the forefront of our national discourse. To ensure success in the future, we must be committed to learning from each of the significant—and lasting—lessons learned from our past.

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Features: FDA Grants to Fund Food Safety Training

Grants to seven educational institutions from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will fund food safety training programs to help improve responses to foodborne illness outbreaks and other events, according to officials at grant recipient institutions.

Features: Organization Will Help Strengthen Food Safety Coordination

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) received a grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help strengthen interagency collaboration in the national food safety system, the AFDO announced.

Columns: Are We Almost There?

With the passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been tasked to create approximately 50 rules, guidance documents, reports, and studies—all of which all must be implemented within very specific time frames.

Columns: FSMA Takes Shape

In less than 12 months from now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin requiring regulated food companies to demonstrate that they have adopted and implemented written food safety plans, with defined preventive controls designed to reduce or prevent food safety hazards.

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News: Importers Resisting Call for Catfish Inspections

As the Office of Catfish Inspection Programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) prepares to implement a new requirement for the inspection of farm-raised catfish, a responsibility that’s moving to the USDA from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Asian importers are resisting calls for a broad definition of just what counts as a “catfish” for inspection purposes.

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