FDA Urged To Target Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella

Law360, New York (August 12, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT) -- Consumer groups on Thursday urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to more strictly regulate antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella in the wake of Cargill Meat Solutions Corp.'s massive recall of contaminated ground turkey that led to 107 illnesses and one death.

Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey on Aug. 3 after USDA officials tied the product to recent illnesses in 31 states caused by Salmonella Heidelberg, a strain that is resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics.

In a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, the...
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