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Group Seeks to Reverse Slight Upward Trend in E. Coli in Ground Beef

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Once a major threat to the beef industry, the levels of E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef have been on a historic decline since peaking in the mid-1990s. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), levels of E. coli infections today are less than half of what they were in 1996, and beef companies have… Continue Reading

Wegmans Ground Beef Recalled for Possible Plastic Pieces

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J & G Foods Inc. of Sutton, MA, is recalling approximately 33,948 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with plastic materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday. The ground beef products were produced on Dec. 23, 2014. The following products are subject to recall: 1-lb…. Continue Reading

Ground Beef in School Lunches Meets Stricter Microbial Standards

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According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report published last week, the ground beef supplied to school lunches contains “significantly less” Salmonella contamination than products sold on the commercial market. USDA’s Economic Research Service examined the impact of food-safety standards imposed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on suppliers of ground beef to the National… Continue Reading

Ground Beef Linked to E. coli Recalled From Two Whole Foods Market Stores in Massachusetts

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Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling 368 pounds of ground beef products from two of its Massachusetts stores because of potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced early Friday. Subject to this recall are 73 lbs. of ground beef products produced June 21 at the company’s South Weymouth,… Continue Reading

FSIS Enhances Food Safety Protections for Ground Beef

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(This Aug. 14, 2014, blog post by Brian Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is reposted here with permission.) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced new procedures that will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef… Continue Reading

FSIS Proposed Rule Requires Source Records for Ground Beef Products

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to require all makers of raw ground beef products to keep records of the meat’s sources. Retail outlets regularly make ground beef by mixing cuts of beef from various sources. This proposal, if finalized, will require them to keep clear records identifying the source, supplier, and names of… Continue Reading

Four-State, 11-Person E. coli Outbreak Prompts 1.8 Million-Pound Meat Recall

Cases reported in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio

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Wolverine Packing Co. of Detroit, MI, is recalling approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Monday. At the time that the recall was issued, there were 11 illnesses linked to the recalled product. The ground beef… Continue Reading

FSIS is ‘Super-Sizing’ Ground Beef Pathogen Testing This Summer

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(This May 16, 2014, blog post by Brian Ronholm, Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is reposted here with permission.) As grilling season heats up, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is enhancing our food safety testing program for ground beef. While FSIS has a… Continue Reading

Michigan Officials Link Recent E. Coli Illnesses to Undercooked Ground Beef

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State and county public health officials in Michigan are investigating five confirmed Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157 illnesses, with preliminary information pointing to undercooked ground beef as the likely source. The illnesses have been reported in five adults between 20-41 years old who noticed symptoms from April 22 to May 1. Three people have been… Continue Reading

Food Irradiation: Facts and Figures

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In October 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft risk assessment on the levels of contaminants in spices. The report made headlines nationwide for including the finding that 12 percent of spices imported to the U.S. were contaminated with everything from insects and rodent excrement to human hair and staples. Another major… Continue Reading