Food Safety and Inspection Service (51 - 60 of 62 items)
Internal Controls: Improvements Needed in a USDA Receivable System
AFMD-87-3: Published: Jun 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1987.
GAO evaluated the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) billings and collections system (BLCO) to assess: (1) the adequacy of BLCO automated data processing controls and internal controls over processing; (2) the actions USDA took to correct BLCO weaknesses; and (3) BLCO compliance with certain legal requirements in the areas of cash and debt management.GAO noted that BLCO is operated by the USDA Nat...
Comments on Furloughing Federal Employees on Federal Holidays
B-222836: Published: May 8, 1986. Publicly Released: May 8, 1986.
This document responds to a letter requesting our opinion on the authority of a Federal agency to "furlough" its employees on a Federal holiday. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the Department of Agriculture has notified its employees that, because of budget cuts. the agency intends to furlough its employees on each of the next three scheduled Federal holidays--Memorial Day, the Fo...
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...
Improved Management of Import Meat Inspection Program Needed
RCED-83-81: Published: Jun 15, 1983. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1983.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's administration of its import Meat and Poultry Inspection Program.GAO found that, at the 10 highest-volume ports, where variances in the quantities of meat rejected ranged from 0.1 to 1.5 percent, procedures for controlling, sampling, and inspecting meat products differed because of: (1) regulations and instructions which were generally outdated, unclear...
Federal Regulation of Meat and Poultry Products--Increased Consumer Protection and Efficiencies Needed
RCED-83-68: Published: May 4, 1983. Publicly Released: May 4, 1983.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) regulation of processed meat and poultry products. The review was made to determine whether: (1) standards have been developed to help ensure consumers of the uniformity and consistency of products; (2) products are properly labeled; and (3) sampling procedures are efficient and effective.Products made...
Changes Underway To Correct Inadequacies in Florida's Meat and Poultry Inspection Program
RCED-83-70: Published: Dec 30, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Florida's meat and poultry inspection program, focusing attention on deficiencies found by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and on Florida's actions with respect to these and other deficiencies found by its own compliance personnel.The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service inspects interstate meat and poultry plants to ensure the safety an...
Improving Sanitation and Federal Inspection at Slaughter Plants: How To Get Better Results for the Inspection Dollar
CED-81-118: Published: Jul 30, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1981.
GAO reviewed the administration of the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act by the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at meat and poultry slaughter plants that do business in interstate commerce. Certain areas were identified in which FSIS could improve inspection activities and plant managers could better carry out their responsibi...
Increase in Hourly Rate Charged by Department of Agriculture for Resident Inspectors at Egg Processing Plants
CED-81-82: Published: Mar 11, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1981.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's justification for a 40-percent increase in hourly fees for voluntary poultry and egg grading services.GAO found that the increase in the hourly fee, which was the first increase since 1977, was needed because of: (1) an earlier Food Safety and Quality Service decision not to increase the fee to cover a projected loss of $510,000 in fiscal year 1980; (2)...
Further Federal Action Needed To Detect and Control Environmental Contamination of Food
CED-81-19: Published: Dec 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 1980.
GAO was requested to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident involving the contamination of chickens and other food items in several Western States by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB). Because numerous Federal, State, and local investigators were checking into the situation at the time, it was decided that GAO would monitor the Federal agencies' investigations and report the correctiv...