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

Clippers come crashing, fend off Utah Jazz

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) and Utah Jazz’s Royce O’Neale (23) chase the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) passes the ball under pressure from Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) fights for a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) and Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsUtah Jazz’s Tony Bradley (13) goes up to basket under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless (8) and Los Angeles Clippers’ Rodney McGruder (19) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) fights for a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) and Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Utah Jazz’s Bojan Bogdanovic (44) goes to basket under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Patterson (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) is defended by Utah Jazz’s Royce O’Neale (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots while defended by Utah Jazz’s Jeff Green (22) and Royce O’Neale (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Utah Jazz’s Joe Ingles (2) passes the ball under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) and Utah Jazz’s Royce O’Neale (23) chase the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) passes the ball under pressure from Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) passes the ball under pressure from Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It started as something of a Sunday slog, but the Clippers surged to the finish, fending off the Utah Jazz, 105-94.Facing off for the second time in a week, the Clippers (5-2) hoped having Kawhi Leonard available this time would change the outcome following their 110-96 loss to the Jazz (4-3) in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.It did.Leonard finished with a team-high 30 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter. And by digging deep, Clippers guard Lou Williams said.“They like to play so slow and methodical, they play at their pace, they make other teams play at their pace,” said Williams, who finished 17 points. “We like to play a lot faster than them, put more points on the board, so it took us a while to get adjusted. (But) I thought in the fourth quarter we did a good job of just playing with more energy, playing with a faster pace”The Clippers benefited in a big way from 29 second-chance points. Even contending with 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert, Utah’s two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the Clippers excelled on the boards. They outrebounded the Jazz 54-37, for a key advantage in an otherwise even bout.“People were saying we’re going to be outrebounded every night and stuff like that,” said center Ivica Zubac, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. “But I don’t think that’s gonna happen, I think I’m pretty good at rebounding and Trezz (Montrezl Harrell) is smaller (6-foot-8), and he’s just boxing out guys and everyone else is getting the boards.“So as long as we’re getting it done as a team, it don’t matter who gets it, so we’ve been really good with defensive rebounds and even offensive rebounds. That’s gonna be something that makes us good that people didn’t expect.”That old basketball adage, about the game being one of runs, proved true again Sunday, as the teams yo-yo’d back and forth until they found some equilibrium in the fourth quarter — and then the Clippers kicked.It was tied 84-84 with 4:41 to play, and then at 86-86 with 4:12 to go, but then, with 3:51 left, Lou Williams buried a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the arc to make it 89-86.After Donovan Mitchell (36 points) responded with a pair of free throws, Montrezl Harrell cleaned up a Williams miss, 91-88.JaMychal Green canned a 3-pointer and Leonard — while being serenaded with “MVP” chants — converted a pair of free throws 96-90 with 2:21 on the clock.A Mike Conley miss and two more Leonard free throws extended the lead to eight points.Down on the defensive end, Moe Harkless — Doc Rivers’ “Swiss army knife” — poked the ball away from Mitchell. Harrell gained possession, was fouled and one of his two free throws to push it to 10 and the Clippers were on their way to 4-0 at home for the first time since 2013-14.Five Clippers finished in double figures: Harrell had 19 and eight rebounds (six of them offensive), Green had 12 points and six rebounds and Landry Shamet added 10 points.Beverley, the Clippers’ fiery 6-foot-1 guard, added nine rebounds, the 35th time in his career he’s grabbed at least that many boards.“You gotta give Utah a lot of credit,” Beverley said. “They’re a tough team, man. Play extremely hard, it was like a boxing match, but I guess we got the jabs out the way and we were fortunate to get the win.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I’m a guy that feels like scoring throughout the whole game is pretty key,” said Leonard, who finished 9 for 26 from the floor. “Maybe if I made shots early we wouldn’t have got in that predicament.“Tonight obviously we needed it. Lou stepped up and made a big 3. JaMychal did, as well, hit a big, wide-open 3 that put us up … and that kind of got us going, got me going, getting defensive stops and that’s what we did tonight to get the win.”That lifted his side against Utah in the second of five consecutive at home for the Clippers. Their homestand consists entirely of opponents who made the playoffs last season — concluding Nov. 11 with Leonard’s former team, the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors.Before the Clippers broke through with 40 fourth-quarter points Sunday, both teams made each other work hard for every point. L.A. finished shooting just 39.1 percent (36 for 92). Conversely, the Jazz shot 39.7 percent (31 for 78) from the floor.“It’s obvious we haven’t been shooting the ball well,” Clippers’ guard Patrick Beverley said. “It’s a good thing now we’ve proven we can win with our defense. That’s the biggest thing, defense wins championships and we’re getting it done defensively.”last_img read more