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By: richard raymond
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Time for you to chime in on E. coli

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(The views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author.)

A few weeks ago, I blogged about E. coli O157 being present on primals, and that that meat was not considered adulterated, and that that was wrong, and what that meant for food safety and the downstream grinders.

In that blog, I asked the industry to step up to the plate and come up with real, effective solutions to this predicament. Based on the responses, I hit a nerve or two. Last year, at an E coli prevention conference in Chicago, I also called for industry to step up to the plate and offer real, effective solutions to this predicament.

An upcoming “Prevention of E. coli O157-H7” Conference in Chicago, August 18-19, is a real opportunity for the meat industry to prove that it can and will step up to the plate, with actions, not just words and more meetings. If you’re a beef further processor you really ought to take advantage of this meeting.


First, you’ll learn from top-flight industry and government authorities, including:


·         Dr. Dan Engeljohn, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the FSIS Office of Policy & Program Development.

·         Dr. Ken Petersen, Assistant Administrator of the FSIS Office of Field Operations.

·         Dr. Jim Marsden of Kansas State University and recognized E. coli prevention authority.

·         Dr. Barbara J. Masters of Olsson Frank Weeda law firm and former FSIS Administrator.


Second, you’ll learn how your business will be affected by FSIS actions in response to this summer’s high-profile E. coli recalls.  And you will hear more about the White House Food Safety Working Group’s latest report that calls for increased sampling to find E coli, focusing on components going into making ground beef. Not to mention more information about FSIS’ recent decision to start testing bench trim at further processors.


But we need something better than increased sampling to reduce this burden on the public’s health. We need your ideas.


Twenty meat industry associations have partnered on this event, an unprecedented number. And for the first time ever, FSIS is collaborating through its Office of Outreach, Employee Education, and Training, or OOEET. (The Feds love acronyms)


Will you be there collaborating?

8/4/2009 4:05 PM 


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