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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Internal Control Would Improve Accountability for Certain Centrally Provided (Greenbook) Programs
GAO-10-82: Published: Oct 20, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2009.
The Senate report accompanying the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) fiscal year 2008 appropriations expressed concern that USDA's Greenbook charges--the transfer of funds authority USDA used to charge the appropriations accounts of its agencies and staff offices for programs to centrally provide certain services--had grown excessively. USDA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) ove...
School Meal Programs: Changes to Federal Agencies' Procedures Could Reduce Risk of School Children Consuming Recalled Food
GAO-09-649: Published: Aug 20, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2009.
Over the past few years, several food recalls, such as for beef and peanut products, have affected schools. It is especially important that recalls affecting schools be carried out efficiently and effectively because young children have a higher risk of complications from food-borne illnesses. GAO was asked to determine how federal agencies (1) notified states and schools about food recalls, (2) a...
Humane Methods of Slaughter Act: USDA Has Addressed Some Problems but Still Faces Enforcement Challenges
GAO-04-247: Published: Jan 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2004.
In 1978, the Congress passed the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act to ensure that cattle, sheep, hogs, and other animals destined for human consumption are handled and slaughtered humanely. Within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is responsible for enforcing the act. Recently, the Congress took additional actions to improve FSIS enforcement. GA...
Meat and Poultry: Improved Oversight and Training Will Strengthen New Food Safety System
RCED-00-16: Published: Dec 8, 1999. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to improve the safety of meat and poultry products, focusing on whether: (1) the system adopted by USDA in its regulations is consistent with the seven Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles endorsed by the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; (2)...
Food Safety: U.S. Lacks a Consistent Farm-to-Table Approach to Egg Safety
RCED-99-184: Published: Jul 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of the system for ensuring the safety of eggs, focusing on whether: (1) a prevention-based approach to food safety has been applied to egg production and processing; (2) a new federal policy on egg refrigeration will effectively reduce the risks associated with contaminated eggs; (3) federal and state policies on serving eggs to vulner...
Food Safety: The Agricultural Use of Antibiotics and Its Implications for Human Health
RCED-99-74: Published: Apr 28, 1999. Publicly Released: May 3, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on antibiotic resistance issues that may stem from the use of antibiotics in agriculture, focusing on the: (1) use of antibiotics in agriculture and the implications of that use for human health; (2) federal roles and responsibilities for overseeing the use of antibiotics in agriculture; and (3) issues surrounding the debate over whethe...
Food Safety and Quality: USDA Improves Inspection Program for Canadian Meat, but Some Concerns Remain
RCED-92-250: Published: Aug 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) procedures and practices for ensuring the wholesomeness of imported Canadian meat, focusing on: (1) Department of Agriculture (USDA) efforts to document that the Canadian meat inspection system is equivalent to the U.S. system; (2) analyzing inspection and rejection data for U.S. and Canadian meat cro...
Food Safety and Inspection Service's Performance-Based Inspection System
T-RCED-89-53: Published: Jul 31, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1989.
GAO discussed the Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) Performance-Based Inspection System (PBIS), its interim automated system for managing meat and poultry processing plant inspections, involving individual plant information profiles and monitoring plans, inspection scheduling, and an inspection findings database. GAO noted that FSIS: (1) lacked formal mechanisms for tracking system progr...
Internal Controls: Program to Address Problem Meat and Poultry Plants Needs Improvement
RCED-89-55: Published: Mar 31, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO assessed the Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) Intensified Regulatory Enforcement (IRE) Program at 10 meat and poultry plants.GAO found that: (1) although FSIS has instituted IRE at 42 plants nationwide since 1984, the program has only been partially successful; (2) 24 plants improved their operations and graduated from the program, 1 plant went...
Imported Meat and Livestock: Chemical Residue Detection and the Issue of Labeling
RCED-87-142: Published: Sep 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1987.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) effectiveness in detecting prohibited chemical residues and foreign matter in imported meat items and live animals.GAO found that: (1) although the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) developed an annual plan in 1986 which included 406 chemicals for consideration and 100 for testing, it lacked detailed, current information on the chemicals...