NCBA Renews Call for Suspension of Brazilian Beef Imports

Following a USDA report highlighting an increase in Brazilian beef imports, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association renewed its call to immediately suspend fresh beef imports from Brazil. NCBA has repeatedly called for a thorough audit of Brazil’s animal health and food safety system, to ensure the safety of the U.S. cattle herd. In 2021, Brazilian […]

Plan Now For A Safe Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl XLI takes place this Sunday in Los Angeles, and whether you’re rooting for the Bengals, the Rams or a just an entertaining matchup, you’ll most likely enjoy the game with some food; maybe a lot of food. According to the USDA, Super Bowl Sunday is the 2nd biggest food holiday in the U.S. […]

NASDA Sets 2022 Federal Policy Focus

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture set its federal policy focus for 2022 with added emphasis on the food and production supply chain. Announced Tuesday, NASDA members selected nine issues as the organization’s primary policy focus for 2022. They include the 2023 Farm Bill, animal health, climate resiliency, food safety, the food and […]

House Lawmakers Introduce CBD Product Safety and Standardization Act

Last week, a group of House lawmakers introduced the CBD Product Safety and Standardization Act. The legislation will establish federal standards for CBD food and beverage products to protect consumers and provide marketplace stability for farmers and retailers. New York Democrat Kathleen Rice led the effort. She said, “the lack of federal regulation surrounding CBD […]

USDA Appoints New Members to Food Safety Advisory Committee

The Department of Agriculture appointed 13 new members and 17 returning members to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods Tuesday. Committee members are chosen based on their expertise in microbiology, risk assessment, epidemiology, public health, food science, and other disciplines. One individual affiliated with a consumer group is included in the membership […]

NIFA Invests $10 Million for Food Safety Outreach, Training and Education

The Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA, announced this week a $10 million food safety investment. The investment funds 21 grants to develop and implement food safety and Food Safety Modernization Act-related training, education, extension outreach and technical assistance for food processors and farmers with small to mid-size operations. NIFA Director […]

WSU Asking Ag Community To Participate In Food Safety Risk Survey

Washington State University is asking growers, packers, buyers and other connected to the produce industry to participate in a Food Safety Risk Survey. According to WSU, participants will be asked to rank the top five food safety risk management areas that need improvement. The anonymous survey will provide research data that will be used to […]

USDA Stressing Importance Of Food Safety

USDA is working on improving its food safety outreach efforts to consumers. Stephanie Ho takes a look at why the Department is undertaking this effort. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

USDA Updates Egg Inspection Process

For the first time in 50 years, the USDA is updating its egg product inspection methods. “The last time we did make a change to the egg product inspection act was in 1970 when we last changed the way that we’re performing inspection methods, noted Paul Kiecker Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator. “This catches […]

Restaurant Industry Promoting National Food Safety Month

The National Restaurant Association is promoting food safety training, celebrating Food Safety Month through September. As the country continues to battle COVID-19, ensuring that proper safety protocols are in place at restaurants has never been more important for guests, employees and brands. Through its ServSafe program, the association’s food safety and training certification program, the […]