Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Just in from Washington

Expanded E. Coli Testing on Hold Until June

Washington--The March deadline for meat processing companies to start testing raw ground beef for six strains of potentially deadly E. coli bacteria has been moved to June 4. The extension will give processors additional time to ensure that testing methods are accurate, according to the Agriculture Department. According to USDA, testing for the strains will result in 110,000 fewer cases of foodborne illness each year.

The additional regulation and testing will “needlessly cost tens of millions of federal and industry dollars,” according to James Hodges, executive vice president of the American Meat Institute.

Bloomberg article

1 comment:

Louie said...

Given the needed time to complete the work in a meat processing facility with our current standards and required oversight from federal and state meat inspectors this would not be needed. The meat packing industry needs to suck it up and allow its personal the time needed to do their respective jobs in a clean and professional manner which would be a major step in the right direction.

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