USDA tests for melamine in meat and poultry products

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12/15/2008-The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will be conducting sample testing of meat and poultry products for the presence of melamine. The Agency intends to collect and test a total of 45 samples per week over a 12-week period. This decision comes after melamine was found in certain imported food products. FSIS’s sampling will focus on those meat and poultry products that contain milk-derived ingredients such as non-fat dried milk, casein, whey, evaporated milk, and milk powder. Thus, FSIS has chosen the following five types of products for testing:

1. Baby food (containing a significant amount of meat or poultry products)

2. Cooked sausages (including hot dogs or frankfurters with and without cheese products)

3. Breaded chicken (bite sized morsels or nuggets with and without cheese products)

4. Meatballs

5. Meat and poultry wrapped in dough and pizza (including calzones)

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