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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USDA’s proposed swine slaughter rule, imported organic oversight, agro-terrorism and ongoing equivalence audits of other countries’ food safety inspection systems were among the topics that came up during a Thursday (March 15) budget hearing with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
US lawmakers have urged the US FDA to expand its conditional approval process for animal drugs to help bring more critical veterinary medicines to market.
In a move that has drawn both praise and criticism, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) this week announced it is withdrawing the Obama-era Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule, because the agency lacks the statutory authority to impose the rule’s animal welfare provisions.
Nineteen advocacy groups are telling USDA to either suspend its proposed New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS) rule or extend the comment period until an external peer review of the agency’s food safety risk assessment has been completed. The groups again are asking for public meetings on the inspection changes.
Lawmakers urged expanding FDA’s conditional approval process for animal drugs to more uses and animal species to help bring critical new animal drugs to market during a Wednesday (March 14) hearing on reauthorizing user fees. The hearing also touched on efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance.
In a move that has drawn both praise and criticism, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced Monday (March 12) it is withdrawing the Obama-era Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule, because the agency lacks the statutory authority to impose the rule’s animal welfare provisions.