The New Year Brings A Mix of Storms, Stability to Food Safety Efforts

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Confucius taught the Ancient Chinese bureaucracies that rituals were important for times when politics and maintaining relationships were important. The lesson has not been lost on the modern era.

Food safety in 2017 will be dependent on the complicated bureaucracies that exist to get through transitions and times of change.

Just before the New Year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service released a new five-year plan, setting “broad goals” for increased inspections, tougher food safety regulations, and expanded processes for evaluating imported meat, poultry and egg products.

Specific to food safety, the FSIS plan promises to expand “the breadth, depth and frequency of its sampling” to “better address gaps in testing for pathogens and chemical residues” in the products it regulates include meat, poultry and eggs.

In addition to the stepped up agenda for food safety, especially as it relates to recalls and traceability, FSIS has added a further emphasis on humane handling. This will include action on how animals are handled, restrained and stunned.

To read more about upcoming rules and regulations expected in 2017, read the original article here.