In a piece at Civil Eats yesterday, Michele Simon writes about the USDA’s newly announced policy change regarding testing for E. coli in ground beef. As Simon details, “while the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has for years required testing of the deadly 0157:H7 strain of E. coli, numerous other strains have also become a significant safety threat. So now, any ground beef that tests positive for six additional strains will be considered adulterated under the law, which means the product cannot be placed into commerce. That’s what makes this such a big deal. It also explains why the meat industry fought the policy for so long.” Head here for the full piece.
In unrelated news, CBS and the AP recently reported that “Meat containing ‘pink slime,’ the colorfully nicknamed beef byproduct that caused a national uproar, will not be served at most school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The vast majority of states participating in the government-subsidized lunch program have opted to order ground beef that doesn’t contain the product, called lean finely textured beef. Only Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota chose to continue ordering beef that may contain the filler.” Check out the entire article here.