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Apr 20, 2018

Apr 20, 2018
Raw pork chops

GAO asks USDA to further cut pathogens in meat, poultry

Some common products like turkey breasts and pork chops don't even have standards, the report says.

Nov 01, 2017

Nov 01, 2017
BSL-3 laboratory

GAO calls for better oversight of high-containment labs

Gaps the GAO identified include instances of agencies overseeing their own labs, a need for more focus on the highest-risk activities, and understaffing.

Sep 22, 2016

Sep 22, 2016
Petri dish in lab

GAO finds 11 more breaches at high-security labs

The most common pathogens not properly inactivated were Bacillus anthracis and Francisella tularensis.

Jul 09, 2015

Jul 09, 2015

Biosecurity Scan for Jul 09, 2015

Slow US biosurveillance efforts
More labs receive live anthrax

Oct 21, 2014

Oct 21, 2014

Food Safety Scan for Oct 21, 2014

GAO poultry safety critique
Meat and poultry inspection report

Jul 16, 2014

Jul 16, 2014
US Capitol

Congress probes lapses at high-containment labs

The hearing revealed systemic problems and worries about the safety culture of lab workers.

Mar 12, 2012

Mar 12, 2012

GAO report explores preslaughter methods to curb E coli in cattle

(CIDRAP News) – A federal study of preslaughter interventions for reducing Escherichia coli in cattle identified several possibilities but found that only a few companies have submitted applications for products that target the pathogen at this processing stage.

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.

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