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

Hope Trump repeats giant Nixon mistake

first_imgHopefully President Trump will have special prosecutor Robert Mueller fired.Because we know what happened when Nixon fired Archibald Cox.Jeffrey MurtaghDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barLocal movie theater operators react to green lightEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

Win a week in Bangkok – Flights included

first_imgWin a week in Bangkok – Flights includedETB Travel News has teamed up with Thai Airways International, Centara Hotels and Resorts and the Tourism Authority of Thailand to bring you this exceptional opportunity to discover Bangkok.Bangkok has so much to offer that after spending a week you will probably want to return again. From the ‘must see’ Grand Palace, and Wat Pho, or Temple of the Reclining Buddha to the exciting shopping centres and markets there is so much to do and see. The mighty Chao Praya river winds its way through the city with many Klongs (canals) also connecting with it. These provide exciting and cheap trips in and around the city offering unusual and fascinating glimpses of Bangkok and Thai culture.The collection of Asian art amassed by the incredible Jim Thompson is displayed at Jim Thomson’s House and Museum. Jim Thompson was devoted to promoting the Thai silk industry and his gift of scarves included in this prize will be treasured reminders of this extraordinary place.On Saturday do not miss Chatuchak Market or Weekend Market. It is a simply vast pedestrian-only shopper’s paradise offering huge variety at unbeatable prices.Being such a vast metropolis the inclusion of not 1 but 3 magnificent Centara Hotels in this prize puts so much of Bangkok within your reach. Enter HereSource = ETB Travel Prizeslast_img read more