This is the last article in a series about facilities. Dressing rooms, lavatories, and toilets are a life necessity. We do not talk about them much, but we cannot avoid them. If you prepare food for human consumption, they are essential because this is where you maintain your personal…
I took precautions yet I still contracted Shigella dysenteriae. Most likely this was from consuming fresh fruit from a vendor who washed it with water contaminated with human feces. You cannot take the safety of the water for granted. 9 CFR 416.2(g) shares…
In 21st century America, it is easy to take the pipes that carry potable water in and non-potable water out for granted. Out of sight should not be out of mind. My father was a plumber and routinely put me up close and personal….
When it comes to food safety, ventilation is neither the cause nor the solution to odors, vapors, and condensation. You prevent odors with structural containment and exhaust to the exterior, not by relocating odors elsewhere through air…
Light is good. Historically, the federal government agrees. Regulations of the Bureau of Animal Industry, the first federal meat inspection agency, required that there “shall be abundant light…to ensure sanitary condition”
One of the benefits of an FTCLDF membership is help with contractual documents—like herdshare contracts. In 2014 FTCLDF set up a herdshare contract for Kirk and Pat Dotson of Houston Mountain Ranch, a third generation family ranch in Colorado. The Dotsons provide raw milk and other raw milk products from their A2/A2 Jersey cows through a Raw Milk Herdshare Program.
As a kid, I picked cherries from the cherry tree in our backyard. Another form of cherry-picking occurs when FSIS inspectors base an allegation of noncompliance on isolated regulatory text and ignore the qualifying regulatory text. 9 CFR 416.2(b): Construction is often cherry-picked.
Over the last few months, we have collected responses from our members and supporters about aspects of farming that they wish they would have known about before they began their journey.
An undeniable truth: someone will disappoint you at some point in your life. An undeniable falsehood: 9 CFR 416.2(a) prohibits insects and rodents within an official establishment.
A noncompliance record is the basic building block for FSIS enforcement actions. Like my grandchildren’s LEGO objects, some noncompliance records have purpose; others are pure imagination.