Todd Allen, vice chairman of beef industry’s beef safety committee and past president of the Kansas Livestock Association, an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said the beef industry is committed to producing, delivering and serving safe, wholesome and healthful beef products to consumers in the United States and abroad. He said the U.S. beef cattle industry is steadfast in its efforts to prevent foodborne illness from its product and supports research to close knowledge gaps surrounding non-O157 shiga toxin-producing E. coli (non-O157 STECs).

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the agency will release a policy document declaring six additional strains of non-O157 STECs, including O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145, as adulterants. The agency announced it will require the industry to begin testing beef trim for these six non-O157 STEC strains on March 5, 2012.