Posts Tagged ‘food safety’

Cochran argues for broad catfish definition

by For the MBJ Published: May 24,2011

Tags: agriculture, aquaculture, catfish, federal government, food, food inspection, food safety

WASHINGTON — As part of a public comment hearing on the definition of catfish and related fish types, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today argued in favor of a broad federal definition to help guarantee that American consumers are being served safe fish. Cochran, who sponsored the 2008 Farm Bill requirement on imported catfish inspections, today […] [...]

USDA’s FSIS to hold meetings on catfish inspections

WASHINGTON and STONEVILLE — The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will hear public comments tomorrow in Washington, D.C., on the proposed regulations for increasing catfish inspections and regulations. The most critical decision by FSIS will be whether all or only some catfish will be covered under the new regulation shifting responsibility for the inspection […] [...]

Cochran: GAO report critical of FDA inspections

by For the MBJ Published: May 17,2011

Tags: catfish, federal government, food, food inspections, food safety, seafood

WASHINGTON — A critical Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the inspection of seafood imported into the United States gives credence to the argument that the federal government must do more to protect American consumers, according to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The GAO released a report titled “Seafood Safety: FDA Needs to Improve Oversight of […] [...]

Lawmakers protest Taiwan’s ban on U.S. beef

by For the MBJ Published: April 11,2011

Tags: agriculture, beef, cattle, exports, food safety, imports, international trade, livestock

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have sent a bipartisan letter to Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou regarding recent efforts to restrict U.S. beef exports to Taiwan. The letter was signed by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The senators wrote, in part: “This past January, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration […] [...]

Catfish industry ‘stunned’ by McCain proposal

by For the MBJ Published: March 9,2011

Tags: agriculture, aquaculture, federal government, food, food inspections, food safety

WASHNGTON — A proposal by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to repeal a law making all catfish safer for American consumers ignores numerous findings of banned substances in imported catfish products and favors inadequate food safety requirements, according to Catfish Farmers of America. “It is stunning that Sen. McCain has chosen to protect importers and Vietnamese […] [...]

Catfish industry disturbed by GAO report

by Wally Northway Published: March 6,2011

Tags: agriculture, aquaculture, catfish, fish, food, food safety, imports, labeling

WASHINGTON — The Catfish Farmers of America says it welcomes streamlining U.S. government regulation of America’s food supply chain, but warns that back-peddling on critical seafood safety inspections and regulations will put consumers at greater risk. In a new report, the Government Accountability Office questions the cost of transferring the regulation of catfish from the […] [...]

Catfish industry enthusiastic about new inspection regulations

by Wally Northway Published: February 21,2011

Tags: agriculture, aquaculture, catfish, federal government, food, food inspections, food safety

WASHINGTON — The Catfish Farmers of America are applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture for recommending implementation of a law requiring tough new inspections and regulation of all catfish sold in America. “We are extremely pleased that the USDA has recommended stricter regulation of catfish which will mean greater protection for American consumers,” said Joey […] [...]

USDA delays decision on catfish inspections

by Associated Press Published: February 19,2011

Tags: agriculture, aquaculture, food safety

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department has delayed a decision on a new catfish inspection program that threatens to derail U.S. trade relations with Vietnam. The agency released a proposed rule Friday seeking more comment on the key question of whether Asian catfish will be subject to a new inspection regime that Congress passed in 2008 […] [...]

Simmons’ pork products recalled due to allergen

by Associated Press Published: February 10,2011

Tags: food, food recall, food safety, health, restaurants

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The USDA says Simmons’ Barbecue Inc. in Guntersville, Ala., is recalling approximately 4,700 pounds of barbecue pork products because they contain whey, which is an allergan and is not declared on the label. The products subject to recall include five-pound vacuum-sealed packages of “Simmons’ BARBECUE, INC. Bar-be-cue Pork With Sauce” and five-pound […] [...]

Peanut executive back in business

by Associated Press Published: September 8,2010

Tags: agriculture, food safety, public health

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press has learned that the peanut industry executive whose filthy processing plants were blamed in a salmonella outbreak two years ago that killed nine people and sickened hundreds more is back in the business. Stewart Parnell, the former president of the now-bankrupt Peanut Corp. of America, is working as a consultant […] [...]

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