The U.S. meat industry supply is the most regulated and inspected industry in America and U.S. meat products have an excellent food safety record that reflects food safety progress.
Some media reports have painted an incomplete picture of the U.S. beef safety in particular. Here are the facts:
- Nearly 8,000 federal inspectors oversee 6,200 meat plants nationwide. Plants that process live animals have inspectors on-site during every minute of operation. Large plants may have two dozen inspectors on-site in a day and they are fully empowered to take actions to stop production or prevent meat from entering commerce if they have concerns.
- Since 2000, E. coli O157:H7 prevalence has decreased by 45% in ground beef to less than 0.5%, according to USDA ground beef sampling data.
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