The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently issued a notice directing import inspectors to increase “species sampling and testing” on products from countries affected by the European Union’s ongoing investigation into beef contaminated with horsemeat. According to the new order, FSIS has scheduled “increased species sampling for product from Iceland, Ireland, Poland, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland via PHIS [Public Health Information System],” but dropped Brazil from the list of those countries requiring special attention from inspectors.

“We are confident that the inspection system at ports of entry ensures the safety of products that come into our country every day,” said FSIS spokesperson Catherine Cochran. “However, in response to recent events and consumer concerns, we are increasing species testing to enhance current safeguards and prevent fraudulently labeled products from entering the country.” See Bloomberg, April 4, 2013.