Food Safety

Children seeing, touching, and tasting produce

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

April 9, 2013

Identifies processing steps of highest concern, and potential mitigation strategies to reduce vulnerabilities. Utilized the results from 25 vulnerability assessments to determine if a potential “threshold” score for the implementation of mitigation strategies could be identified. This report is required under Section 106 of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

USDA. Office of Inspector General.

March 2013

Examines whether FSIS was sampling boxed beef products, as required by agency procedures, and requesting correct samples, and whether the industry’s trace back documentation is adequate and used effectively to determine the source of E. coli contamination.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

February 2013

Describes the ARS national programs and lays out the agency's strategies and activities under four strategic goal areas that encompass specific objectives and also several management initiatives. For food safety related goals, see Goal 1.2 - Protect food from pathogens, toxins, and chemical contamination during production, processing, and preparation.

European Food Safety Authority.

January 8, 2013

Scientific Opinion on the public health risk posed by pathogens that may contaminate food of non-animal origin. Compares the incidence of foodborne human cases of animal origin to those with non-animal origin and ranks specific food/pathogen combinations most often linked to foodborne human cases.

Food and Agriculture Organization; World Health Organization.

Report of the Joint Meeting of the FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food and the WHO Core Assessment Group on Pesticide Residues held in September 2018. Covers the general considerations, responses to specific concerns raised by the CCPR, dietary risk assessment for pesticide residues in foods, evaluation of data for acceptable daily intake, and future work.

United States Government Accountability Office.

April 2013

Assesses how the agencies, ARS and NIFA, ensure the efficient use of their resources for research. Examines (1) the topics ARS and NIFA focus on and the safeguards the agencies use to prevent duplication of research projects, along with any shortcomings in those safeguards, and (2) collaborative planning ARS and NIFA engaged in and how, if at all, such planning could be enhanced.

HHS. Food and Drug Administration.

April 2013

Comprehensive report to Congress from the Secretary of Health and Human Services that identifies programs and practices that are intended to promote the safety and supply chain security of food and to prevent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses and other food-related hazards that can be addressed through preventative activities.

HHS. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

April 19, 2013

Findings highlight the need for targeted action to address food safety gaps. This report summarizes 2012 preliminary surveillance data and describes trends since 1996. Preliminary surveillance data show that in 2012 compared with the 2006-2008 period, the overall incidence of infection was unchanged and the estimated incidence of infections caused by Campylobacter and Vibrio increased. The overall incidence of infection combines data for Campylobacter, Listeria, Salmonella, STEC O157, Vibrio, and Yersinia, six key bacterial pathogens for which >50% of illnesses are estimated to be transmitted by food.

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

May 2013

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is discontinuing the use of its 30-mL qualitative analysis for Campylobacter for young chickens. FSIS evaluated the available Campylobacter data, and its analysis suggested that the performance standard based on an analysis of the 1-mL sample volume is sufficiently sensitive to identify establishments whose process control is substandard. The federal notice notice was released in Feb 2014.

USDA. Office of Inspector General.

May 2013

Identifies areas of risk in FSIS’ inspection of swine plants, evaluates if FSIS’ controls were sufficient to ensure swine slaughter plants were in compliance with food safety requirements and humane handling standards, and determines if appropriate enforcement actions were taken against plants that failed to comply with the regulatory requirements.