USDA Updates Testing for Meat, Poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will require meat and poultry producers and importers to wait for negative test results of food-borne pathogens before releasing products into the marketplace, starting 60 days from Dec. 7, 2012. The new regulations apply to non-intact raw beef and ready-to-eat products containing meat or…

SNAP/Food Stamp Challenges

The SNAP/Food Stamp Program is the largest nutrition assistance program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The goal of the program is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition…by increasing food purchasing power for all eligible households who apply for participation. Through the electronic benefit transfer systems (EBT), the use of food stamp coupons…

Cordray Appointment Ruled Unconstitutional

The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled last week that President Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional, thereby throwing into doubt a significant amount of the bureau’s activities conducted last year, CQ Roll Call reports. Specifically, because President Obama appointed Richard Cordray to head the NLRB, legal analysts…