USDA to increase ground beef sampling for E. coli
Source of Article: http://www.ift.org/news_bin/news/news_home.shtml
3/17/2009-The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is increasing sampling for E. coli at high volume ground beef establishments because they produce product that is most widely consumed. The increase in sampling will allow the FSIS to estimate the amount of uncontaminated raw ground beef with a higher degree of certainty. The Office of Public Health Science and the Office of Data Integration and Food Protection will analyze sample results for E. coli O157:H7 in raw ground beef. Specifically, the Office of Public Health Science will produce a weekly report on sample findings, along with an annual summary report that will be published on the FSIS Web site. The Office of Data Integration and Food Protection will analyze the sampling data to identify trends (e.g., geographical, seasonal) and to evaluate program effectiveness (e.g., sample scheduling and collection rates). In addition, that office will use the data to calculate a quarterly performance measure of E. coli O157:H7 in raw ground beef that will be included in the Agency’s quarterly performance report.
USDA Notice (pdf)
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