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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:05 AM
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New USDA policy aims to reduce foodborne illnesses
Source: Washington Post

Under a new federal policy aimed at reducing illnesses caused by food, processors of meat and poultry must wait until laboratory tests show their products are free from contamination before they can ship them to be sold, Agriculture Department officials announced Tuesday.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six Americans gets sick from food-borne illness every year, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die.

Those numbers are unacceptable, Vilsack said. We are committed to reducing those numbers so families should never have to worry about the food they place on their dinner tables.

USDA inspectors currently test beef, poultry, lamb, veal and egg products for pathogens at 6,000 plants. But the companies are under no obligation to wait for test results before shipping the food to wholesalers and retailers.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/new-usda-policy-...



This was a very ugly piece of lobbying and regulating, and nobody's entirely happy, but in the end this is one of the biggest steps in food safety since FDR's time. For all my complaints about Vilsack he did manage to see this one through. Now we just have to see where the packer ban goes.
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