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September 10, 2013

USDA will not withdraw poultry rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will not withdraw its proposed rule to make changes to poultry inspections, Agriculture Undersecretary for Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen told Agweek, even though the Government Accountability Office issued a report Sept. 4 criticizing the way FSIS has handled pilot projects that led up to the rule. “This is about public health,” Hagen said, noting that the rule is based on more than the poultry inspection pilot projects that GAO analyzed. “We are focusing on the things that matter, not things we thought mattered in the ’50s. We’ve got to reverse the trend on salmonella and this is a big step toward it.”  Read More

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