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New rules allow USDA to quickly inspect contamination

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

New rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will let the agency move more quickly to discover sources of meat contamination. 

Inspectors will now be able to start investigating potential sources of E. coli as soon as the first test of beef indicates a problem. Currently, inspectors waited until additional testing was done to confirm contamination, sometimes delaying their investigation several days. The new guidelines will help the government find the source of containerization up to 48 hours earlier.

The food watchdog group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, supports the new guidelines. However, they would like to see the USDA require retailers to keep records of all of the meat they grind.  

The public has 60 days to comment on the new rules. The plan is expected to go into effect in July.

 

 

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