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Jan 10, 2012

Jan 10, 2012

USDA to trim food safety offices in economy move

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to close five of its 15 district Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offices to save money and boost efficiency, a move that officials said will not impair meat and poultry plant inspections.

Jan 20, 2012

Jan 20, 2012

USDA: Poultry inspection shift will boost safety, save money

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a plan today to spend less time visually inspecting poultry carcasses and more time checking other safety variables, saying this will simultaneously improve food safety and save money for taxpayers and poultry companies.

May 02, 2012

May 02, 2012

USDA proposes quicker trace-back for tainted beef

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today proposed new guidance on trace-back investigations after evidence of contamination is found in ground beef during routine sampling, a move to more quickly protect consumers against foodborne illness.

May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012

USDA poised to start testing beef for non-O157 E coli

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), poised to start testing beef trim for six non-O157 strains of pathogenic Escherichia coli next week, today released documents that spell out some expectations for the program and make clear that much remains to be learned about the risk.


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