USDA plans risk-based meat inspection system

first_imgMar 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials recently proposed a timetable to begin implementing a new meat and poultry inspection system designed to reduce foodborne illnesses by focusing more attention on high-risk facilities and those with poor safety records.The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been exploring “risk-based inspection” since 2000. On Feb 22, Richard Raymond, USDA undersecretary for food safety, proposed to implement the new inspection system in April at 30 locations, and possibly to expand it to 150 locations by the end of 2007, according to an FSIS press release.The proposed system is seen as the biggest change in the USDA’s food inspection program since 1996, when the Hazard Analysis and Critical Point Systems (HACCP) rule made food processors responsible for systematically assessing, preventing, and controlling food safety hazards.Assessing each facility’s food safety record and the relative risk of what is produced will allow the FSIS to better allocate its inspection resources to the processors that need them most, while continuing daily inspections at all facilities, the FSIS said in the press release. A processor’s food safety performance will be based on information federal inspectors regularly collect at the plants, such as health infractions and microbiologic test results.”To continue to prevent foodborne illness, we have to improve our prevention capabilities, not just respond quickly after an outbreak occurs,” Raymond said in the press release. “What will change is we will no longer be treating every plant like every other plant in terms of its adverse public health potential.”In a separate statement, Raymond asserted that risk-based inspection “will not reduce the number of inspectors nor will it save any money.”He said the FSIS is rolling out the new inspection program gradually so that it can be evaluated and revised as needed before it is expanded nationwide.Industry and consumer groups have expressed concerns about the new approach. The American Meat Institute (AMI) in a Feb 22 statement said it supports the concept of risk-based inspections, but maintained that the USDA is launching the plan prematurely.J. Patrick Boyle, AMI’s president and chief executive officer, said the USDA should slow the process down, seek additional input, and make participation voluntary. “This rush to launch a potentially worthwhile prototype may become a needless public relations and political distraction,” he said.According to documents posted on the FSIS Web site, the agency held a 2-day stakeholder meeting in October 2006 to solicit input on the proposed risk-based inspection policy.The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) sharply criticized the USDA plan in a Feb 22 statement. Although risk-based system for meat inspection is a worthy goal, the USDA has neither “meaningful scientific data” to rank product risk nor an unbiased system for determining facility risk, the group said. The CFA accused the Bush administration of laying the groundwork for cutting meat inspection costs and thereby increasing Americans’ risk of illness and death from foodborne pathogens.Foodborne disease expert Craig Hedberg, PhD, noted that some groups, including the Government Accountability Office (GAO), have advocated a single federal agency to oversee food safety. He told CIDRAP News that the USDA’s move toward a more periodic, risk-based inspection system that puts the food safety burden on producers is similar to the model used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which oversees produce.”This is probably a necessary condition to change the culture of the USDA toward that of the FDA,” said Hedberg, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “This is one more attempt to make that happen.”Ideally, meat inspectors at processing plants determine if products are handled properly and then intervene if they need to, Hedberg said. “But it doesn’t actually work out that way,” because, while the physical presence of an inspector should give a certain measure of assurance, foodborne pathogens can’t be seen, touched, or smelled, he said. “You have to have different strategies to deal with that.””Industries need more authority to police their own, and I think that’s a good thing,” Hedberg said.See also:Feb 22 FSIS press releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_022207_01/index.aspFSIS statement on the background of risk-based inspectionhttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Evolution_of_RBI_022007.pdfConsumer Federation of America statementlast_img read more

Slovenia started epidemiologically mapping and looking at each Croatian county individually

first_imgSource: RS Government During the holidays, self-protective behavior, maintaining a safe distance, hand hygiene and, of course, avoiding places with a large concentration of other people – full restaurants, nightclubs – are necessary, say Slovenian governments. The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has started epidemiologically mapping and individually looking at each Croatian county, which is great news for our tourism, because if it were the opposite due to the epidemiological situation, the whole of Croatia would already be on the red list. center_img Thus, according to the epidemiological situation, Istria and Kvarner remained on the green list, while other Adriatic counties were on the yellow list. Other counties that are in the yellow zone or list are only advised to be more careful. So do Slovenian citizens who come from green and yellow regions not subject 14-day quarantine, but more caution is definitely needed. last_img read more

Literacy levels have increased significantly says Nicholas Goldberg

first_img Tweet This year’s top performer of the Grade 6 National Assessment Charice Augustine and her father Amos AugustineHead of the Curriculum Measurement and Evaluation Unit within the Ministry of Education Nicholas Goldberg says literacy level in Dominica has increased significantly.Goldberg made this announcement whilst addressing a press conference to announce the results of the Grade Six National Assessment earlier this week. He says there has been a significant improvement in reading levels of children.“If you look at the primary schools from year to year, over the last ten years, there has been a very significant improvement in the reading levels of students,” he said.Meantime Education Minister Petter St. Jean is commending the boys who excelled in this year’s Grade Six National Assessment Examinations.Of the top five performers, three were males.St. Jean says it is not all lost for boys in Dominica.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img 53 Views   no discussions EducationLocalNewsPrimary Literacy levels have increased significantly says Nicholas Goldberg by: – June 29, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Cricket News Cristiano Ronaldo is an inspiration, took up more challenges: Virat Kohli

first_imghighlights Virat Kohli is placed seventh on ESPN’s World Fame 100.Virat Kohli will lead India for the tour of the West Indies.Virat Kohli did not score a century in the 2019 World Cup. New Delhi: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two of the biggest football icons in the world. The football public is divided as to who is the best player in the world. The contributions of both the players for their respective clubs and countries is immense. The debate is still open as to who is the best player in the world currently. Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team currently in Florida for the Twenty20 series against West Indies, has weighed in on this debate in an interview with FIFA.com. Kohli said that he admires Cristiano Ronaldo simply because of his work ethic and how he took on the challenges in his career successfully. “For me, Cristiano is above everyone else. His commitment and work ethic is unmatched. He wants it that bad – you can see it every game. I support every club at which he plays. He inspires me. In my opinion, Ronaldo has taken on more challenges and succeeded at all of them. He’s the most complete player I have seen and his work ethic is unmatched. He inspires people. I don’t think many people do that. He’s also a leader and I love that. Absolutely love it. He has amazing belief too,” Kohli said. Kohli, who is placed seventh on ESPN’s World Fame 100 this year, revealed that his favourite football memories include watching the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. “Brazil was amazing to watch in 1998 and 2002. I saw Ronaldo – ‘The Phenomenon’, play and was totally blown away by his skill and ability on the ball. One of the greatest ever. I like watching Portugal play now because they are maximising their resources along with having a legend in their team. They play with passion and belief, so I like watching them. Otherwise, in terms of pure ability and impact, France is very, very strong,” Kohli revealed.India has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup but Kohli believes that the country is making rapid improvements in the football arena. The Indian skipper believes Sunil Chhetri is an absolute champion who should play in the World Cup. “We are not far off. We have improved drastically in our football over the last three-four years. With new talent coming in to make the difference, and our skipper Sunil Chhetri leading the team with amazing composure and inspiration. “If anyone deserves it (to play in the World Cup), it’s him. And the team should rally behind that motivation and qualify, and dedicate it to him. He’s an absolute champion and an inspirational human being,” Kohli said.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Mali secure first U-20 AFCON title on penalties

first_imgMali beat Senegal 3-2 on penalties to claim their maiden Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations title following a 1-1 stalemate after extra time in Niamey. The Aiglons held their nerves in the pulsating shootouts to hand Senegal their third successive defeat in the final.Mamoutou Kane’s charges open the score at Stade General Seyni Kountche after fifteen minutes when Boubacar Traore hammered home Hadji Drame’s delivery as Senegal found themselves behind for the first time in the tournament. Youssouph Dabo’s Les Lionceaux replied seventeen minutes from normal time through FC Metz’s Amadou Ndiaye who volleyed in the equalizer from close range to force the match to extra time and penalties. Senegal missed their first spot kick when midfielder’s spot kick hit the post. The young Malians converted their three consecutive penalties through Boubacar Traore, Lassana Ndiaye and Abdoulaye Diaby.  The tournament’s leading goalscorer Amadou Ndiaye missed his kick before teammate Ousseynou Niang also missed to secure Mali the title. Leading goalscorer –Amadou Ndiaye (Senegal) Player of the tournament Moussa Ndiaye Fair Play Award Senegallast_img read more

Richter scores hat trick to help Nitros even KIJHL Final against Wranglers

first_imgThe series now shifts to the Central BC Interior for Games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday in 100 Mile House.Despite being outshot 30-22 in the game, it was the host squad that struck for two first period goals by Richter to open a 2-0 lead.The teams exchanged second period goals — Justin Bond cutting the lead to 2-1 with a power play goals 55 seconds into the frame before Richter scored this third of the game three minutes later.In the third 100 Mile House pushed to get back into the game, out shooting the Dynamiters 12-4 in the period.However, Allstar netminder Tyson Brouwer was solid between the pipes, stopping all 12 shots before Tanner Witt scored Kimberley’s fourth goal into an empty net.Witt and Korbyn each finished the game with two points for Kimberley.The win was the 13th of the playoff run for Brouwer against three losses.Kimberley needs to win at least one game in 100 Mile House to guarantee the series returns to the Bavarian City for Game six (Saturday) and, if necessary, seven (Sunday). Not so fast 100 Mile House Wranglers.The defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs are not willing to let their title go without a fight.Jason Richter scored a natural hat trick to power the Nitros to a 4-1 decision over the 100 Mile House Wranglers Sunday in KIJHL Finals action in Kimberley.The victory evens the best-of-seven series a 1-1.100 Mile House struck first in the series, edging Kimberley 2-1 Saturday.last_img read more

XPRESSBET RAFFLES SIGNED RAMON DOMINGUEZ POSTERS; PLEDGES DONATION TO PDJF

first_img“Ramon’s perseverance, work-ethic and competitiveness made him an extraordinary rider, and his compassion, determination and kindness have made him an incredible ambassador for the industry and its jockeys,” said Xpressbet Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson. “We’re proud to work with Ramon, the Hall of Fame and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund to bring increased awareness to their efforts supporting horse racing.” The raffle is free to enter and open to all horse racing fans. No purchase or Xpressbet account is required to enter. For every registration, Xpressbet will donate $10 to the PDJF, up to a maximum donation of $10,000. The raffle continues through Sunday, August 21. Winners will be notified on or around August 23. Dominguez enters the Hall of Fame following a distinguished career that included 4,985 victories and more than $191 million in earnings. He was recognized as the Champion US Jockey three times at the Eclipse Awards (2010, 2011 and 2012) and received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2012. He won three Breeders’ Cup races before his career was cut short in 2013 due to head injuries sustained during an in-race accident. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.xpressbet.com/racing-hall-of-fame-ramon-dominguez. August 9, 2016 (Washington, PA) – In celebration of Ramon Dominguez’s induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, will raffle off 100 Ramon Dominguez autographed posters, as well as pledge a donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Established in 2006, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund has distributed more than $7 million to jockeys who suffered catastrophic, on-track injuries. To learn more about the PDJF, and to make a donation, please visit https://pdjf.org/.Contact: Dustin FabianTel: 724.229.6240Email: dustin.fabian@xpressbet.comAbout XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Rosecroft Raceway, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness Stakes. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management, horse racing’s leading simulcast purchase and sales agent. The 2016 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted in a ceremony in Saratoga Springs, NY on Friday, August 12 at 10:30AM ET. The full 2016 Hall of Fame Class includes racehorses Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta and Tom Ochiltree, jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Wayne Wright, trainer Steve Asmussen and ‘Pillars of the Turf,’ Arthur Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr. For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit https://www.racingmuseum.org/.last_img read more