One Year Later, Catfish Safety Rule Still at OIRA

The advocacy group Food & Water Watch is blasting the Obama administration over the delay in the creation of a program to conduct mandatory safety inspections of catfish. Over a year ago, Nov. 13, 2009, the UDSA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) submitted to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) a draft proposed rule laying out the details of the program. The White House has yet to approve the proposal.

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Time for FDA to Target Troubled Egg Producer

On the heels of this summer’s massive egg recall, another recall was announced yesterday covering almost 300,000 eggs contaminated with salmonella. The eggs were recalled by Cal-Maine Foods Inc., a distributor, but were actually supplied by Ohio Fresh Eggs. No illnesses have been linked to the current recall.

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Post-Election View on Food Safety Legislation

Food Safety News today published two articles analyzing the prospects of food safety legislation in the upcoming lame-duck period and in the 112th Congress.

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FDA Warns Egg Producer Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Wright County Egg, one of the facilities implicated in a recent salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,600 people and led to the recall of more than 500 million eggs.

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Senate Could Vote on Food Safety Bill after Elections

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a cloture motion on the beleaguered FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, according to Food Safety News.

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GOP 'Pledge' Is Simply a Way of Shutting Down a Large Part of Government

As Yogi Berra's redundant saying goes, "It's déjà vu all over again." Back in 1994, congressional Republicans unveiled what they called the "Contract with America." The Contract was chock-full of policy proposals intended to shrink the size of government, kneecap agencies' ability to protect the public, and decrease the burden on taxpayers, especially the rich.

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Reid, Senate Continue to Foul Up Food Safety Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday that the Senate is unlikely to take up beleaguered food safety legislation before recessing in October for midterm elections. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has published a list of objections to S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, and is blocking the bill.

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Senate Confirms Hagen for FSIS

The Senate yesterday confirmed Elisabeth Hagen to serve as the USDA’s undersecretary for food safety. Hagen began serving in the position, which leads the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), after Obama recess appointed her Aug. 19. Obama renominated Hagen Sept. 13.

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The Senate Fiddles While America Falls Ill

Eighty-five food recalls have sickened at least 1,850 people since July 30, 2009, the day the House passed a food safety reform bill that has yet to be taken up by the Senate, a new study shows.

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Recess Appointment Puts Food Safety Agency Back on Track

Yesterday, President Obama recess appointed Elisabeth Hagen to serve as the USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety. Hagen was nominated by Obama in January 2010, but has had difficulty getting the Senate’s attention.

Hagen had been the chief medical officer at the USDA. Now, as undersecretary, she will head the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the regulator of meat and poultry products.

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