July 15, 2014

USDA takes next step to modernize poultry inspection, prevent 5200 annual foodborne illnesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has sent its proposed rule to modernize the U.S. poultry inspection system to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review, and will post on the OMB website shortly.

“I commend USDA for taking the next step in an effort to modernize the way the agency inspects chicken,” said NCC President Mike Brown.  “In an effort to continue our progress towards reducing foodborne illnesses, we believe, along with food safety experts, that the poultry inspection system should be modernized and transitioned to a model that is more science and risk-based.  Not only will this system build on our food safety progress, if fully implemented, it will create jobs.  “We look forward to reviewing the final rule in its entirety.  After a successful 15-year pilot program, I urge OIRA to perform an expeditious review.”

At facilities that process chickens for meat, FSIS is the public health agency within USDA that is responsible for inspecting every chicken.  The U.S. meat and poultry inspection system complements efforts by chicken processors to ensure that the nation’s supply of poultry products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged. Read More

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