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Inspection and Protection of U.S. Meat and Poultry
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Editors: Finn J. Amundson
Book Description:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) must inspect most meat, poultry, and processed egg products for safety, wholesomeness, and labeling. Federal inspectors or their state counterparts are present at all times in virtually all slaughter plants and for at least part of each day in establishments that further process meat and poultry products. This book addresses the debate that has ensued for decades over whether this system, designed in the early 1900s, has kept pace with changes in the food production and marketing industries. Several significant changes in meat and poultry inspection programs were included in the 2008 farm bill (P.L. 110-246), signed into law in June 2008. These changes are described in this book and include permitting some state-inspected meat and poultry products to enter interstate commerce, bringing catfish under mandatory USDA inspection and requiring establishments to prepare and maintain written recall plans. In recent years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has monitored numerous recalls of meat and poultry products sold in the U.S. The recalls have involved beef products possibly contaminated with E. coli, beef and poultry products possibly contaminated with Salmonella, and canned meat products possibly contaminated by botulism. These recalls raise issues of consumer confidence in the meat industry and questions about the adequacy of the USDA oversight of these products.

Table of Contents:
Preface

1. FSIS Manual for State Meat and Poultry Inspection Program Reviews
(Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Dept. of Agriculture, August 2007) (pp. 1-51)

2. Meat and Poultry Inspection: Background and Selected Issues
(Geoffrey S. Becker) (pp. 53-78)

3. State-Inspected Meat and Poultry: Issues for Congress
(Geoffrey S. Becker) (pp. 79-92)

4. The USDA's Authority to Recall Meat and Poultry Products
(Cynthia Brougher and Geoffrey S. Becker) (pp. 93-111)

5. U.S.-South Korea Beef Dispute: Agreement and Status
(Remy Jurenas and Mark E. Manyin) (pp. 113-123)

6. Nonambulatory Livestock and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act
(Geoffrey S. Becker) (pp. 125-131)

7. Humane Methods of Handling and Slaughter: Public Reporting on Violations Can Identify Enforcement Challenges and Enhance Transparency
(GA0) (pp. 133-144)

8. Statement of Richard Raymond, Under Secretary for Food Safety, United States Dept. of Agriculture, Domestic Policy Subcommittee, Oversight and Government Reform, Thursday, April 17, 2008 (pp. 145-153)

9. Testimony by Wayne Pacelle, The Humane Society of the United States, Domestic Policy Subcommittee, Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Thursday, April 17, 2008 (pp. 155-174)

10. Testimony of Stanley Painter, National Joint Council of Food Inspection Local Unions, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO before Domestic Policy Subcommittee, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Thursday, April 17, 2008 (pp. 175-179)

11. Testimony of Joel Salatin, Polyface Inc., Swoope, VA, Domestic Policy Subcommittee "After the Beef Recall: Exploring Greater Trans in the Meat Industry" (pp. 181-186)

Index

   Series:
      Agriculture Issues and Policies
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009 - 4th Quarter
   Pages: 200 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-120-8
   Status: AV
  
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