Tuesday, April 5, 2011

USDA Wants New Testing Procedures, BW Reports on Dairy and Meat Safety in Wednesday's Issue

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 11:53 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed new rules Tuesday that would stop meat and poultry products from shipping to grocery stores until government testing is complete. Currently, products that are sampled can be shipped before testing results are known. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday that at least 44 recalls between 2007 and 2009 could have been prevented if the rule had been in place.

In 2010, FSIS revealed illegal levels of drug residue in dairy cows that had been sent to slaughter. The findings traced the residues and cows back to hundreds of dairies across the United States, including nearly 40 Idaho dairies. In Wednesday's BW, we unveil those findings, and talk to government officials, dairymen and veterinarians about precedent-setting milk sample testing at Idaho dairies.

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