The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a high risk alert on Thursday, October 24, 2013, FSIS to announce another major recall of processed foods due to listeria monocytogenes contamination.
There is a big push to reduce federal government expenditures for food safety. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed that food manufacturers be self-inspecting.
HELLO. Among the worst places to cut the federal budget, reducing food inspections has to be near the top of the charts. The problems with food safety, as indicated by the FSIS publication of recalls, extend across the whole food chain.
Poor sanitation facilities for workers have led to feces contamination in fields of lettuce, spinach and other produce. Poor hygiene in meat processing plants has led to recent recalls and outbreaks of salmonella that extended over 18 states.
This most recent announcement made by Peggy Riek of the office of Congressional and Public Affairs was for processed foods.
“Boston Salads and Provisions Company, Inc., a Boston, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 222,959 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm).”
The FSIS is the enforcement arm of the USDA that attempts to uphold the charter to keep the foods that we eat as safe as possible. With globalization, the FSIS faces a new challenge. US sourced chickens are being shipped to China where the chickens are cooked and then sent back to the US. Given the Chinese record on food contamination for animal feeds, should we trust their manufacturers to be following safe procedures for foods for human consumption?
We are being sold farm raised fish and shrimp from India, China, Canada and Vietnam. The Fukushima nuclear disaster has released contaminated water that has raised the levels of radioactivity in large Pacific Ocean fish. What levels of inspections are being provided either at the sources or when the products enter the US to insure these products are safe?
Contact Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman, Congressman Pat Tiberi and Congressman Steve Stivers and let them know that you want them to support increased inspections of food suppliers and processors.