USDA modifies E coli testing rules for Canadian beef

first_img Eamich said no E coli contamination or other “product failures” have been found in the expanded testing program so far. The department is no longer requiring that importers hold shipments of Canadian meat until pathogen testing is completed, Amanda Eamich of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported. However, she said increased inspections and testing will continue. Tests take 3 to 7 days, depending on the pathogen, officials have said. A spike in E coli–related meat recalls this year prompted the USDA in October to vow to take a number of steps to combat the problem. As of Oct 23, the agency said E coli in ground beef had sparked 15 recalls, eight of which involved illnesses. In 2006 there were just eight such recalls, none involving illnesses, the agency said. The USDA has also been inspecting the Rancher’s Beef plant and several other Canadian meat facilities that were previously flagged for problems or are similar to Rancher’s Beef in their operations. The dropping of the requirement to hold meat during testing “was due to the preliminary findings of our audits and the first week or so of testing,” Eamich told CIDRAP News. “We had previously said we would reassess after we got the preliminary data.” Eamich said the USDA has long had guidelines recommending that companies hold meat until test results come back, “but it’s not something we require,” she said. She added that there are no proposals to change that. See also: The expanded USDA program, according to the Nov 8 announcement, includes increased inspections of Canadian meat, poultry, and pasteurized egg products; more testing of raw ground beef for E coli O157:H7; the initiation of E coli testing of beef trim, boxed beef, and certain other cuts of meat that had not been tested before; and increased testing of ready-to-eat products for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella. A Nov 18 report in USA Today said the agency might require companies to hold meat during testing. Nov 8 CIDRAP News story “USDA vows to double inspections of Canadian meat” Mark Dopp, an American Meat Institute (AMI) official, said large companies already hold meat during testing, according to the USA Today report. He said more companies, but not all, embraced that practice after USDA and AMI began recommending it several years ago. Nov 21, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has modified its program of increased testing and inspection of Canadian meat, after finding no problems in the first week or so, a USDA official said today. On a related issue, Eamich said the USDA is not considering requiring American meat companies to hold meat until pathogen testing is completed, contrary to a recent news report. The USDA announced Nov 8 it would roughly double its inspections and testing of Canadian meat and poultry products. The move came after beef trim from a Canadian packing plant, Rancher’s Beef of Balzac, Alta., was implicated in an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to ground beef from Topps Meat Co. of Elizabeth, N.J. Topps went out of business after recalling more than 21 million pounds of ground beef in September. Oct 23 CIDRAP News story “USDA announces plans to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef”last_img read more

Old Friends

first_imgIt was nice to see Roger Schroeder and Ted Ahaus at Versailles last Saturday night at the Ripley County Tourney.  Roger was inducted into the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame.  Except for his while hair, Roger still looks like he could step out on the floor and play with younger players.  In fact, he plays softball several nights a week during the sumer in his home town of Indianapolis.Ted Ahaus is a retired coach, teacher, and administrator from the South Ripley School Coporation.  I don’t know if Ted and his wife have moved to the Indianapolis area yet, but they were planning to in order to be close to their children and grandchildren.It was sure good to see both of these old friends.last_img

Three area schools receive top rankings nationally

first_imgMilan High School, Batesville High School, and North Decatur Jr./Sr. High were all recently named in the Best High Schools Nationally for 2020 by US News and World Report and the top 100 in the state. U.S. News ranked approximately 17,790 public high schools out of more than 24,000 reviewed. This is the count of public high schools that had a 12th-grade enrollment of 15 or greater or otherwise had sufficient enrollment in other high school grades during the 2017-2018 school year to be analyzed. Each of these schools received this designation based on how well students performed academically, their exceptional graduation rate, and how well the school prepared students for college based on AP testing.last_img

Monday’s COVID-19 numbers — 414 more cases, six more deaths, 95 more recovered, three more local cases identified

first_img== Three more cases have been reported in our immediate listening area, two more in Winnebago County and one more in Floyd. That brings the total number of positive cases in the listening area to 58: 14 in Cerro Gordo; 12 in Butler; six each in Franklin and Wright; five each in Floyd and Winnebago; three each in Hancock and Mitchell; and two each in Kossuth and Worth. Floyd County officials on Sunday reported the area’s first death, a person over the age of 80. DES MOINES — Over 400 more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa while six more people have succumbed to coronavirus. The Iowa Department of Public Health’s updated numbers released this morning show 414 more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the state, making now for a total of 12,373 cases in Iowa. With six more deaths, the total number now sits at 271. 95 more people are listed as recovered for a total of 5154.last_img read more