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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...
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: 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...
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...
Government Could Save Millions by Revising Its Purchase Specification for Ground Beef
RCED-84-29: Published: Feb 21, 1984. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1984.
The major federal agencies that buy ground beef require that the product meet certain formulation and certification specifications, some of these specifications increase the material costs and restrict the flexibility of suppliers without increasing the quality, flavor, or nutritional value of the meat. GAO reviewed this matter to determine whether the federal government could buy ground beef at a...
USDA's Oversight of State Meat and Poultry Inspection Programs Could Be Strengthened
RCED-84-23: Published: Oct 21, 1983. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) oversight of state meat and poultry inspection programs to determine whether USDA certification procedures conform to the authorizing legislation and to evaluate the methods used in special USDA internal review studies of state inspection effectiveness. In addition, GAO summarized the results of USDA rating...