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FSIS Lauded for New ‘Hold and Test’ E. coli Control Policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Monday released details on their new “hold and test” policy, which will soon require meat producers to hold shipments of ground beef, tenderized steaks and ready-to-eat products being tested by the agency until the results come back negative for Shiga-toxin producing E. coli. “This new… Continue Reading

Beef Products Inc. to Test for Non-O157 E. Coli

One of the nation’s largest beef processors announced Thursday that it has begun testing for six poisonous strains of E. coli in addition to E. coli O157:H7 — the only serotype meat processors are required to monitor. Beef Products Inc. (BPI), the leading producer of lean beef in the U.S., says it will hold all… Continue Reading

‘Test and Hold’ Harder for Small Companies

Meat and poulty producers will soon be required to keep products being tested for pathogens off the market until all samples have been cleared. This practice could prove extremely challenging for small processors who sell fresh meat the same day they receive it, according to industry representatives. The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) announced… Continue Reading

Test and Hold: A New Meat Safety Paradigm

A recent Bill Marler blog said “Mary Clare Jalonick of AP reports on the Vilsack/Hagen briefing that the Obama administration is aiming to prevent meat recalls by withholding meat and poultry products from grocery store shelves until government testing is complete.” The Agriculture Department proposed rules Tuesday that would force companies to delay shipments to… Continue Reading

USDA Proposes ‘Test and Hold’ for Meat and Poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday moved toward mandating test-and-hold in the meat and poultry industry, a policy change aimed at reducing the amount of unsafe food that reaches grocery stores. The proposed requirement would allow USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to hold meat and poultry products, keeping them out of commerce, until… Continue Reading

USDA to Mandate Test and Hold

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon withhold the stamp of inspection until test samples come back negative, an agency official announced at the National Meat Association’s conference in Bellevue, Washington yesterday. Kenneth Petersen, assistant administrator of the Office of Field Operations for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, said the agency will issue a… Continue Reading