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The US does not expect to restore imports of Brazilian beef within 60 days

No timeline on restoring Brazilian beef imports

By Oscar Rousseau

Brazil needs to make serious progress on its meat inspections before any timeline can be set on lifting a US ban on imports of fresh beef, according to US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue.

Hans Kissle Company's sweet and sour chicken was subject to the recall

Processing defect sparks chicken recall

By Oscar Rousseau

US-based Hans Kissle Company has recalled more than 6,000lbs (2,721kg) of ready-to-eat chicken, as a possible processing flaw raised concerns that bacterial pathogens may be present in the meat.

Some Americans have apparently been eating raw chicken kievs

US body calls for raw chicken laws

By Oscar Rousseau

Mandatory labelling for raw and stuffed poultry is urgently needed to stop consumers becoming sick and confused, the National Chicken Council (NCC) warned the US government.

Around 1.2 million illness are caused by salmonella every year, say the USDA

US toughens food safety regulation for poultry

By Oscar Rousseau

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalised new federal food safety regulations to reduce the risk of salmonella and campylobacter in chicken products.

Salmonella causes diahorrea and vomiting

USDA detains contaminated chicken

By Chloe Ryan

Chicken products made by Aspen Foods, a division of Chicago-based Koch Poultry Company, have tested positive to the same salmonella enteritidis strain that sparked a recall by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in July.

Industry disagreement could delay a national honey standard

Industry disagreement could delay a national honey standard

By Elizabeth Crawford

Disagreement about what a potential standard for honey in the U.S. should include could hinder industry efforts to convince FDA to reverse its long-standing position that such a standard is unnecessary, according to a food and drug lawyer. 

Farm bill signed into law

Farm bill signed into law

By Maggie Hennessy

President Obama has signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law, ending a multi-year battle over the contentious piece of legislation.

USDA to shut 259 offices in cost-saving initiative

USDA to shut 259 offices in cost-saving initiative

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday it intends to close 259 offices, facilities and laboratories across the United States, as part of an effort to save about $150m a year in the agency’s $145bn budget.


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