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Sampling Report Praises Beef Industry & USDA

To steal a phrase from former President George W. Bush, USDA’s meat inspectors are “doing a heck of a job” knocking down E. coli at big beef plants. With a little constructive criticism around that edges, that pretty much sums up the findings of the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG’s) report into testing beef… Continue Reading

Fong’s Folly: Trying to Test Our Way Out

U.S. Department of Agriculture Inspector General Phyllis Fong made her annual presentation to the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Committee on appropriations on March 2. Most of what she said to this group of U.S. House of Representatives could only thrill the policy wonks that make up the… Continue Reading

DeLauro Urges Inquiry Into Beef Testing

Congressoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) sent a letter yesterday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Inspector General (IG) calling for an investigation of beef testing protocol. DeLauro requested that the IG look into the scientific merits and identify any shortcomings of the USDA’s N-60 testing system for beef, which requires the USDA’s… Continue Reading