New rulemaking from the Department of Agriculture will allow swine slaughter facilities to opt in to a new inspection system that focuses on new requirements for microbial testing and pathogen control.
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service's new criteria for allowing young chicken slaughter plants to increase their line speeds from 140 birds per minute to 175 bpm are likely to prompt a lawsuit from food safety and worker protection groups.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service needs to set up a schedule for revising or developing standards for pathogens in certain beef and pork products, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Wednesday.
The government headed to a partial shutdown this weekend after Senate Democrats, demanding a deal on legal status for DACA recipients, blocked passage of a House-passed measure that would have kept agencies funded until Feb. 16.
The Department of Agriculture will accept comment on a proposed rule that would change the way it inspects swine slaughter facilities, saying the benefits of the move “are expected to outweigh the costs.”
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2017 – The nation’s small meat processors are confronting a new market reality: an increasing demand for healthier local meat options coupled with the often-labyrinthine set of regulations that accompanies it.