USDA Seeks Mandatory Testing For Meat Products

Law360, New York (April 5, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture floated a proposal Tuesday that would require meat producers to test their products for foodborne illnesses prior to selling them to consumers, a policy that has already received support from the meat industry.

Many meat producers currently follow this so-called test-and-hold policy voluntarily, but Tuesday's proposal would make it mandatory. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that the policy could have prevented 44 recalls in the last several years.

“The new test-and-hold policy we are proposing and announcing today is...
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