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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


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


(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


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


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

Studies on Restaurant Food Safety Produce Some Unsettling Data


In a recent study of restaurant safety practices, 62 percent of restaurant workers handling raw ground beef with their bare hands did not wash up before handling other ready-to-eat foods or cooked ground beef. That was just one of numerous statistics brought to light by a series of studies on restaurant food safety practices published… Continue Reading

Costco Recalls Organic Ground Beef in Canada for E. Coli Contamination


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Costco Wholesale Canada announced yesterday that Costco was recalling its Kirkland Signature brand Organic Lean Ground Beef for potential E. coli contamination.   Kirkland Signature Organic Ground Beef with a UPC code of 4 00000 91873 0 with a Best Before Date of 13-OC-15 was sold at Costco… Continue Reading

Salmonella Could Be Beef Industry’s New Biggest Challenge


This article was originally published on August 2 by The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting as part of a series titled “Cracks in the System.” Salmonella-tainted ground beef could be the biggest challenge facing the industry, said a leading beef researcher. Scientists have realized they may have misidentified the source of Salmonella in beef cattle. They now… Continue Reading

The Big Five: Most Common Salmonella Strains in Foodborne Illness Outbreaks


This article was originally published on August 2 by The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting as part of a series titled “Cracks in the System.” An estimated 1.2 million Salmonella-related illnesses occur each year in the United States. Approximately 400 people die. While Salmonella is most often associated with poultry products, outbreaks are linked to a wide… Continue Reading

Kansas Firm Recalls Ground Beef for E. coli Risk


A Kansas-based company is recalling 50,100 pounds of ground beef because it may be contaminated with E. coli. National Beef Packing Company of Liberal, KS issued a voluntary recall of its ground beef Wednesday after USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service found E. coli O157:H7 in a sample of product. The company was the only… Continue Reading