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2.5 Million Pounds of Recalled Canadian Beef Entered U.S.

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Approximately 2.5 million pounds of beef now-recalled over E. coli O157:H7 concerns was imported into the U.S. from XL Foods, Inc. in Canada, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The new U.S. estimate, which is significantly higher than FSIS’s initial report, was released by the agency Sunday right as… Continue Reading

USDA Looks to Expand Non-O157 E. coli Testing

New study finds 5 percent of meat contaminated

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is planning to expand testing for six non-O157 strains of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) – just recently declared adulterants – to more beef products next year. According to Meatingplace (subscription only), FSIS official Emilio Esteban told a North American Meat Association conference Wednesday, “We… Continue Reading

E. coli Beef Recall Expands Again; U.S. Retailers Nationwide Added

CFIA Pulls License From XL Foods

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UPDATE — Late Thursday, the Government of Canada temporarily suspended the operating license for XL Foods Inc.’s beef processing plant at Brooks, Alberta, The Globe News reported. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said the plant, known as Establishment 38, will not be able to resume operations until they it demonstrates full implementation of CFIA’s… Continue Reading

XL Foods E. coli Recall Includes 890,000 Pounds of Beef Shipped to U.S.

Questions remain about the slow-moving Canadian recall

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The massive Canadian XL Foods E. coli recall  — which has now been expanded seven times — includes some 890,000 pounds of beef manufacturing trim and an unknown amount of boxed beef that was sent to 12 U.S. processors, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency said Wednesday… Continue Reading

FSIS: Canadian Beef Recalled for E. coli Was Used for U.S. Raw Ground Beef

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food  Safety and Inspection Service is alerting the public that whole muscle cuts related to a large, ongoing Canadian E. coli O157:H7 beef recall were used to produce raw ground beef products. The agency said it made the discovery while conducting standard recall effectiveness checks of all U.S. establishments that… Continue Reading

USDA Criticized for Slow Response to Canadian E. coli O157:H7 Recall

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is taking heat for what some are calling a too slow response to a massive Canadian beef recall for E. coli O157:H7. Washington, DC-based advocacy group Food & Water Watch sharply criticized FSIS Friday, saying it was “stunning” that the agency still hasn’t issued a… Continue Reading

Ground Beef Made With XL Trim Recalled by Safeway in 3 States

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Canada’s big beef recall—the one that’s been expanded five times to include more than 200 products—has now reached the U.S. in a major way. On Saturday, Safeway recalled a long list of its own ground beef items that may include beef trim from XL Foods in Canada for possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7. The… Continue Reading

USDA Confirms Recalled Canadian Beef Entered U.S.

Canada investigating whether E. coli illnesses there are linked to recalled beef

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A nationwide recall of ground beef for potential E. coli contamination in Canada was officially linked to meat sold in the United Sates late Thursday when U.S. food safety authorities announced a recall of beef trimmings from the implicated Canadian company. The massive ground beef recall began last week when XL Foods, Inc. of Alberta,… Continue Reading

FSIS Seeks Changes to E. coli Sampling Program for Beef Trim

Redesign would reveal more positive tests

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is announcing its intention to redesign its E. coli O157:H7 verification testing program for beef manufacturing trimmings to make the program “more risk-based” and to run ongoing statistical prevalence estimates for E. coli O157:H7 in raw beef trimmings. The notice, published in the Federal Register… Continue Reading

BPI and Pink Slime: An Updated Timeline

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In the Spring of 2012, a beef product called “Lean Finely Textured Beef,” an ingredient in an estimated 70 percent of America’s ground beef, came under fire because the meat — which is pulled from a cow carcass after the main cuts of beef have been removed and separated from bones and tissue in a… Continue Reading