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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing a requirement for official establishments and retail stores that grind raw beef products to keep detailed and in-depth log record systems.
The proposed grinding log rule is now available for public review at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register/proposed-rules.
Consumers will benefit from the rule in several ways. The most important among them is an improved ability to trace ground beef products back to the originating plant should an outbreak occur. Additionally, consumers will benefit from reduced incidences of E. coli and Salmonella illnesses because of greater efficiency in identifying and removing raw ground beef products from commerce that are potentially contaminated with those pathogens.