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Top Ten Most Important Food Safety Stories of 2012

Editor’s Note: We continue today with our look back at what happened in 2012 with the Top Ten Most Important Stories of 2012 as selected by the writers and editors of Food Safety News. Like yesterday’s Reader’s Choices, the stories that drove Food Safety News’ readership to new heights, the Top Ten is a way… Continue Reading

USDA Looks to Expand Non-O157 E. coli Testing

New study finds 5 percent of meat contaminated

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 Conference: Research Should Focus on the Source

The report from the so-called “supershedders” conference on the future of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) research — held recently in Scotland — is out. It identifies key knowledge gaps and recommends areas for future research. The workshop stemmed from the controversial 2005 E. coli outbreak in South Wales and was organized by the Food Standards… Continue Reading

DeLauro Disappointed by Non-O157 STEC Policy Delay

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Ct), who serves as Ranking Member on the Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, expressed disappointment Tuesday regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that there will be a 90 day delay in implementing their new non-O157 E. coli policy.   As her office noted in a release: “Congresswoman DeLauro has… Continue Reading

FSIS Delays ‘Big Six’ E. Coli Policy 90 Days

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new, groundbreaking non-O157 E. coli policy, which classifies six new strains as adulterants and requires testing, will become effective 90 days later than originally planned, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday. The delay, which did not surprise industry insiders, will push back the routine sampling of the six… Continue Reading

Comments to FSIS Varied on Non-O157 E. Coli Testing

More E. coli testing may be just days away, or it could be well past March 5 before we know how all this is going to come out. Since the USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety, Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, announced on Sept. 13 that six more strains of pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli would be… Continue Reading

Australia, New Zealand Raise Concerns Over ‘Big Six’

The governments of Australia and New Zealand, major beef exporters, expressed written concern last week to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service over their new non-O157 E. coli policy, according to the North American Meat Processors Association newsletter. Echoing the arguments of the American Meat Institute, both Australia and New Zealand questioned whether the… Continue Reading