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Mar 17, 2011

Mar 17, 2011

Tougher USDA standards for poultry pathogens to take effect

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said yesterday its revised standard for Salmonella and its first-time standard for Campylobacter in raw poultry at processing plants will take effect in July, giving processors more incentive to keep the contaminants out of their products.

Apr 04, 2011

Apr 04, 2011

Turkey burgers linked to Salmonella cases in 10 states

(CIDRAP News) – Jennie-O Turkey Store has recalled certain shipments of its ground turkey burgers after Salmonella illness investigations in three states found links to the product, which is now thought to have sickened 12 people in 10 states, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in an Apr 1 notice.

Apr 05, 2011

Apr 05, 2011

USDA proposes 'test and hold' rule for meat

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today unveiled a proposal to require meat processors to hold onto product lots undergoing routine pathogen testing until the test results come in, a rule that the agency says could have prevented dozens of meat recalls in a recent 3-year period.

Apr 08, 2011

Apr 08, 2011

Federal shutdown would slow but not stop disease-control efforts

(CIDRAP News) – As the clock ticked toward a possible US government shutdown at midnight, federal officials said today that key activities to keep food safe and otherwise control infectious diseases would continue, albeit at reduced levels in many cases.

Apr 20, 2011

Apr 20, 2011

USDA program broadens market for state-inspected meat plants

(CIDRAP News) – Under a new US Department of Agriculture (USDA) program, small meat and poultry plants under the food safety authority of state inspectors will be able to ship their products across state lines.

In the voluntary program, plants with 25 or fewer employees will be inspected by state personnel who have been trained in enforcing federal meat and poultry standards, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said.

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