FSIS takes action on E. coli outbreaks

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have announced a rollout of actions aimed at protecting public health against the risk of E. coli.

This includes expanded testing and a more rapid response to recalls.

In June 2007, FSIS identified that there was an increase in positive E. coli tests in beef as well as a larger number of recalls and illnesses compared to previous years.

FSIS took immediate steps, including raising the number of ground beef tests by 75% in July, and began planning a new follow-up testing program for federally inspected beef plants that have previously had positive tests for E. coli.

FSIS is also taking steps to ensure that all inspection program personnel and the industry fully understand the nature of the challenges presented by E. coli. The agency is assuring suppliers and processors that they will have early identification and notification of any emerging problem to prevent contaminated product from entering the market.