FSA Makes First Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Payments
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has approved more than $545 million in payments to producers who have applied for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. More information here.
Chicken Execs Indicted for Price Fixing
A federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court in Denver, Colorado, returned an indictment against four executives for their role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chickens, the Department of Justice announced.
Sugar Industry Petitions FDA for New Labeling of Non-Nutritive Sweeteners
The industry calls for front-of-pack labeling and warning labels. The petition is here.
FSIS Expands STEC Testing to Additional Raw Beef Products
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing plans to expand its routine verification testing for six Shiga toxin- producing Escherichia coli (non-O157 STEC; O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, or O145) that are adulterants, in addition to the adulterant Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7, to ground beef, bench trim, and raw ground beef components other than raw beef manufacturing trimmings (i.e., head meat, cheek meat, weasand (esophagus) meat, product from advanced meat recovery (AMR) systems, partially defatted chopped beef and partially defatted beef fatty tissue, low temperature rendered lean finely textured beef, and heart meat)(hereafter “other raw ground beef components”) for samples collected at official establishments.
FSIS has issued Notice 32-20 requiring all employees engaged in in-person human interactions–including interactions with the public or with other USDA and FSIS employees will be required to wear disposable face masks or cloth face coverings until further notice.
APHIS Approves Importation of Fresh Carrots from South Korea