The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says it is proposing to require that all makers of raw ground beef products keep records to further protect consumers by ensuring retailers can trace sources of ground meats.
Retail outlets regularly make ground beef by mixing cuts of beef from various sources. This proposal, if finalized, will require them to keep clear records identifying the source, supplier, and names of all materials used in the preparation of raw ground beef products.
"The improved traceback capabilities that would result from this proposal will prevent foodborne illness by allowing FSIS to conduct recalls of potentially contaminated raw ground products in a timelier manner," says USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Brian Ronholm. "By requiring retail outlets to maintain improved records on sources for ground products, the proposal will enable FSIS to quickly identify likely sources of contaminated product linked to an outbreak."
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