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Ingrid Mezo

Washington, D.C.

Ingrid Mezo is a specialist news analyst working for IEG Policy’s US Food Policy channel. She covers food policy and regulation for meat, poultry and catfish; food additives and the 'generally recognized as safe' (GRAS) process; and other food-related issues.

Ingrid joined Food Chemical News as a freelancer in 2014, and joined as a staff member in August 2015. She previously covered the medical device industry over a five-year period, having started her journalism career working for a weekly community newspaper.

Separately, Ingrid worked as a veterinary technician for 20 years, primarily in emergency and critical care for dogs and cats.

She is a 2005 graduate of American University, with a dual major in literature and in communications, with a print journalism focus. Prior to that, she studied zoology at the University of Maryland.

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FSIS flooded with comments opposed to poultry line speed waivers

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has received more than 24,000 comments overwhelmingly opposed to a National Chicken Council (NCC) petition that calls on the agency to waive line speed limits for certain poultry slaughter plants.

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

U.S. not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts say

The United States is not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts testified during a Wednesday (Dec. 13) Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, “Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World.”

US Food Policy Food Policy

Perdue talks trade, NAFTA, Farm Bill and regulatory reform

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue touched on the importance of trade for U.S. agriculture, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the upcoming Farm Bill and regulatory reform during a Tuesday (Dec. 12) speech at the National Press Club.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

FSIS to discontinue third party hold-and-test requirements for imported catfish

In a move that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says will allow imported Siluriformes (catfish-type products) to reach U.S. consumers faster and decrease testing costs for importers, the agency will no longer require third party “hold-and-test” sampling and instead do its own testing, the agency announced in a Dec. 8 Constituent Update. 

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

New FDA guidance clarifies ‘refusal of inspection’ by foreign food facilities

FDA released a draft guidance Dec. 11 that defines “refusal of inspection” by a foreign food establishment or government, a key provision in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that allows FDA to block entry of food from a foreign establishment into the United States. 

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

GAO says FSIS, OSHA need to do better to protect meat and poultry workers' safety

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found federal agencies need to do a better job of coordinating and investigating workplace hazards in meat and poultry plants show why the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) should reject a petition to increase line speeds at poultry plants, says one advocate.

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