USDA names chicken plants with Salmonella problems

first_img “FSIS intends to post updated results of completed Salmonella verification sample sets for young chicken slaughter establishments on or about the 15th of each month, beginning in April 2008,” the agency said in its announcement of the move last week. “Each month’s posting will replace that of the previous month.” Feb 6 CIDRAP News story “USDA to name poultry plants with Salmonella problems” See also: The FSIS’s current policy is to name the facilities in categories 2 and 3. Thirteen different poultry companies are represented by the chicken plants named by the FSIS. Pilgrim’s Pride has five plants on the list, while Tyson Foods has four. Five facilities appear on both the FSIS list and the Food and Water Watch list. Four of those are listed by the FSIS as category 2 plants, meaning that between 10% and 20% of recent samples were contaminated. But their appearance on the consumer group list signals they had more than 20% contamination at some point in the last 2 years. The plants listed are in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The two that failed the standard are a Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. facility in Ellijay, Ga., and a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Center, Tex., according to the FSIS. Only two plants actually failed to meet the USDA’s standard for Salmonella in chicken: a maximum of 20% of samples contaminated. At the other 19 plants, between 10% and 20% of recent samples had Salmonella, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Apr 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – As expected, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week began publishing the names of broiler chicken plants that have had trouble with Salmonella, listing 21 facilities where more than 10% of samples were found contaminated in recent tests. The naming of the 21 plants came on the heels of a report in which the consumer group Food and Water Watch listed 27 broiler chicken facilities in 17 states that failed at least one round of Salmonella testing between January 2006 and January 2008 by having a contamination rate higher than 20%. The nonprofit group used a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the information from the FSIS. An FSIS spokesperson declined to comment on the Food and Water Watch report. The Food and Water Watch report takes issue with that approach, saying that good performance in one round of sampling is no guarantee of continued success. The group’s findings show “that passing in one test period does not mean that contamination levels won’t increase beyond the performance standard in the next period,” the report states. Risk-based samplingUnder the risk-based sampling policy, the frequency of FSIS sampling is based on performance category. Category 1 facilities are tested at least once every 2 years and category 2 facilities at least annually, while category 3 plants may be tested several times a year, USDA officials have said. The group called on the USDA to publish Salmonella testing results for all chicken plants and to seek legislation to make its Salmonella standards legally enforceable. The organization also urged the agency not to reduce the frequency of sampling at plants that have the lowest contamination rates. “Such results undercut the position of FSIS that passing facilities should not be retested for 12 to 24 months,” the report adds. “With no government oversight and enforcement, previously good plants may allow themselves to produce unsafe food over extended periods of time, which obviously threatens consumer health and safety.” Food and Water Watch report, titled “More Foul Fowl” The USDA had said in January that it would begin listing facilities with higher Salmonella rates on Mar 28. The move is part of a control initiative the USDA first announced about 2 years ago, after several years of increasing contamination rates. About 16% of broiler chicken samples tested positive for Salmonella in 2005. The initiative includes a “risk-based” sampling program, in which FSIS focuses more of its sampling on plants that have higher Salmonella levels. For example, it says, a Perdue Farms facility in Kentucky failed Salmonella testing in February 2007, with 32 positive samples out of 51 tested, up from 9 of 51 (a passing score) in December 2005. FSIS announcement about publication of chicken plants in performance categories 2 and 3http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Science/Salmonella_Verification_Testing_Program/index.asp The agency began naming broiler plants first because they have had the most trouble with Salmonella, but it is considering publishing results for facilities that produce other poultry and meat products, officials said. Three-tier rating systemThe FSIS sorts chicken plants into three categories according to their Salmonella test results as compared with the USDA’s 20% standard. Facilities that limit Salmonella to half of that standard (10%) or less in the last two sets of samples are put in category 1. Those that have Salmonella in more than 10% but fewer than 20% of samples are in category 2, and those that exceed 20% are in category 3. A set is a series of samples collected at one site on successive operating days—51 days in the case of broiler chickens.last_img read more

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Saints unsure when Boruc can return

first_img Reserve Kelvin Davis is also sidelined, so Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga looks set to step in for the visit of Aston Villa on Wednesday. “It is difficult to analyse how many weeks Artur will be out for,” Pochettino said at a press conference reported on the club’s official Twitter feed. French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will miss out because of a groin injury picked up on Sunday and Gaston Ramirez is also not yet match fit. Southampton will be looking for a response after successive away defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea, which has seen them drop out of the top four. Pochettino said: “We don’t have time to dwell on our two consecutive defeats because we are only thinking about tomorrow’s game. “We have lost on two very difficult grounds at Arsenal and Chelsea, so now we will try to impose our values and get the win over Aston Villa. “I am expecting a physical game. “Aston Villa are a strong side and very good on the counter-attack, especially away from home.” Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino admits it is “difficult to analyse” how long his team must do without goalkeeper Artur Boruc because of a broken hand. Press Associationcenter_img The 33-year-old suffered the injury during the 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Chelsea on Sunday. Given the hectic festive schedule, Boruc could miss some eight matches if he needed a six-week recovery time. last_img read more

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Wilson sparks UW with career effort

first_imgDespite averaging less than two points over the Badgers previous five games, sophomore guard Rob Wilson stepped up when called upon in Wisconsin\’s 54-48 victory Wednesday night over Michigan. Wilson had a career-high 13 points.[/media-credit]Rob Wilson is a good outside shooter.That’s all Michigan head coach John Beilein and most fans in attendance knew about the sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio, coming into Wednesday night’s game.Based on his lack of experience though, Beilein never expected Wilson to have the kind of impact he had on the Badgers’ 54-48 victory at the Kohl Center.“We were going to play him straight up; we knew he could shoot,” Beilein said. “He was 4-for-8 going into the game, so he’s a 50 percent shooter. But that’s one every four games.”When the final buzzer sounded, Beilein and everyone else in the Kohl Center knew just how good Wilson could be.The 6-foot-3 guard entered the game averaging just over two points per contest. Wilson matched that total in the first half before having a huge impact after the break.Wilson’s 11 second-half points were second only to the 16 scored by senior guard Trevon Hughes. While Hughes was the team’s leading scorer with 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting, he likely could not have led his team to victory if it had not been for Wilson.Wilson’s career-high 13-point performance may have surprised Beilein and most of the announced crowd of 17,230 at the Kohl Center, but Hughes and the rest of his teammates had been waiting all season for it.“We see that, we see glimpses of it in practice,” Hughes said of Wilson’s ability. “We know he’s a great player, (but) any time he comes over to the main squad he doesn’t bring it. It’s about time — it took him all season for him to come out and play with us today.“We needed it, and he brought it out.”When asked to respond to Hughes’ comments following the game, Wilson did not try to defend his lack of production in the past.“He said it all,” Wilson said of Hughes. “I just haven’t been bringing it like I know I should have. I guess today was the day I broke out of the shell.”Though many will focus on Wilson’s production on the offensive end off the bench, something the Badgers have struggled to find since forward Jon Leuer’s injury, he insists his focus was elsewhere.With his team down from the opening tip, Wilson was concerned primarily with playing tough defense and stopping the Michigan offense.When Wilson entered the game in place of fellow sophomore guard Jordan Taylor, who had been struggling all night, it was just a simple substitution. What followed, however, was Wilson’s most impressive offensive stretch since coming to UW.In the first minute after Wilson entered the game, Michigan guard Stu Douglass hit a pair of shots from beyond the arc, pushing the Wolverines’ lead from three points to nine at 39-30.After Douglass’ threes prompted UW head coach Bo Ryan to call a timeout, Wilson responded with a three-pointer of his own, cutting the lead and energizing the Kohl Center crowd. Wilson would score the game’s next four points, cutting the nine-point lead to just two.When asked after the game about his performance, Wilson credited his teammates for the career-high point total.“It just happened that all of the open shots just came from my teammates penetrating and finding me,” Wilson said.In typical Wisconsin fashion, though, Wilson contributed in many other ways than just through his offensive output. The sophomore guard gave the Badgers 18 quality minutes off the bench and played hard all night.Wilson also was aggressive while remaining under control, which helped the Badgers match a season low with just five turnovers, including only one in the second half.That — Wilson’s aggressiveness — was what made Ryan take notice of his performance. And on a night when Taylor went 0-for-7 from the floor, and senior guard Jason Bohannon hit just 1-of-7 shots, Wilson’s contributions were much appreciated by Ryan and the rest of the Badgers.“Whatever he can give us is great to have,” Ryan said. “But Rob did a great job of recognizing what he could contribute to the team. Offensively he was solid, getting the loose balls, being active, taking shots. That’s really what we needed — somebody to take shots.”last_img read more

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3 keys for Wisconsin vs. Indiana

first_imgKelsey Fenton / The Badger HeraldKey 1: No TurnoversIt’s no secret what Indiana wants to do. Run. Run. Run.Wisconsin doesn’t have the athletes, the speed or the skill to outrun or outgun Indiana in an up-tempo game. Head coach Bo Ryan knows this; just look at the gameplan he used to slow things down the last time the two teams met.Last time around the Badgers committed just eight turnovers, and thanks to great reactionary defense, only allowed the Hoosiers three total fastbreak points.I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that number is the lowest for the Hoosiers for the entire season. So, limit turnovers, limit transition and in turn, slow down the game.A half-court pace favors Wisconsin.Key 2: No doubling ZellerLast time around, Cody Zeller dropped 18 points in the first half against the Badgers. Why? Besides Berggren just looking shocked by Zeller’s quickness on the floor, Wisconsin allowed the Indiana star to just muscle his way unopposed to the blocks.But, the Badgers did a good job responding. Berggren played better in the second half and the team refused to bring doubles on Zeller. The reason? Indiana’s three point shooting. When you bring two down onto the blocks, the Hoosiers know where to fill, and that results in open looks.And when you have three point shooters like Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Yogi Ferell on the floor, that’s just something Wisconsin cannot afford to do.No matter what Zeller does early, the Badgers have to hope that Berggren and Frank Kaminsky can hold their ground.Key 3: Don’t Shy Away from ZellerIndiana becomes a small team when you take Zeller out of the lineup. How do you do that? Attack him. Post up Berggren, post up Evans, just don’t get afraid of taking it inside. It’s understandable if you’re hesitant; Zeller has done a great job improving his defense this season. He’s long, athletic and instinctual.Like yesterday against Michigan and the second half, the offense needs to operate through the blocks. Berggren must use up-and-unders and get Zeller in the air and make him pick up fouls.If Zeller gets out of the game, the Badgers have a shot at winning handidly.Prediction: Wisconsin 50, Indiana 52Prediction (Sean Zak, Associate Sports Editor of The Badger Herald)With a spot in Sunday’s tournament title game on the line, UW will have to do what originally seemed unthinkable and beat top-seeded Indiana … again. Although the Hoosiers rolled to a victory over Illinois in their quarterfinal matchup, Wisconsin just played its best half of basketball in recent memory.That came against a tired and limbering Michigan team, however, not an insanely athletic Indiana squad that awaits at the United Center today. The big men of each team decided the fate of the first matchup in Bloomington, Ind. and they will likely do so again in Chicago.Indiana Center Cody Zeller dominated Jared Berggren for the first 20 minutes at Assembly Hall back in January. Look to this matchup for your eventual victor. If Zeller has his way with Berggren – who sat out the waning minutes of Friday’s game with four fouls – the Badgers will be in trouble.Indiana’s seven-footer will look to expound upon his 24 point, nine rebound performance Friday afternoon.Score: Indiana 61, Wisconsin 51last_img read more

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Mason City man pleads not guilty to burglary

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of burglary has pleaded not guilty. On the night of May 18th, police responded to 811 10th Northeast on the report of two men fighting in the house with one being armed with a knife. The caller said the occupants of the home were able to disarm the suspect but he fled before officers arrived. A victim at the home received injuries to his back and neck. Another call came in about an injured man bleeding from his arm located a block away at 844 9th Northeast. After interviewing witnesses and a victim at the 811 10th Northeast location, 30-year-old Jared Kropf was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Kropf pleaded not guilty to the charge last week, with his trial tentatively scheduled to start on September 15th in Cerro Gordo County District Court. Another person was arrested while hiding in the residence at 844 9th Northeast. 37-year-old Jessica Sturm was wanted for possession of contraband in a correctional facility and escape from custody as a felon.  Last week as part of a plea agreement she agreed to plead guilty to both charges. Sturm was given a five year suspended prison sentence, placed on five years probation, and was sentenced to spend 180 days in a residential facility.last_img read more

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Three from Softball Earn MVC Scholar-Athlete Honors

first_imgMaddox, Pena and Roemmich and their teammates open the NCAA Tournament against BYU Thursday at 5 p.m. CST in the Eugene, Ore. Regional. The game with the Cougars will be broadcast on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Roemmich, who holds a 4.00 grade point average in biology, was the 2018 MVC Elite 17 award winner for softball. The Elite 17 is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA in a MVC Championship. This year, Roemmich is second on the team in batting average at .355 and leads the team in triples with two, doubles with 12, walks with 24, runs scored with 34, hits with 59 and slugging percentage at .470. Roemmich, who has started every game at shortstop, also hit her first career home run this season and has driven in a career-high 21 runs. Sophomore Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa), the 2018 MVC Player of the Year and 2018 All-MVC First Team honoree, and 2018 All-MVC First Team selection, Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) were selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team while sophomore Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.), a 2018 All-MVC First Team member, garnered MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention accolades. These are the first MVC scholar-athlete honors for each of the three Bulldogs. In order to be eligible for MVC Scholar-Athlete honors, student-athletes must have a 3.2 GPA or higher, be at least a sophomore in athletic and academic standing and meet certain playing requirements. ST. LOUIS – The Drake University softball team, which won the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles, had three student-athletes earn MVC Scholar-Athlete honors, the league office announced Monday afternoon. Pena, who holds a 3.87 GPA in elementary education, made 51 starts at third base and is batting .271 with two home runs, 10 doubles, 16 runs scored and is second on the team in RBI with a 29. Earlier this season, Pena was selected MVC Player of the Week and Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career. She was a 2016 All-MVC Second Team member. Maddox, who owns a 3.32 GPA in environmental science, is batting .322 with four home runs, six doubles and a team-high 30 RBI. She batted .324 with two home runs and 14 RBI against MVC foes. Maddox played in all 53 games with 51 starts at first base.last_img read more

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