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ID:

463

Date:

2009-10-03

Headline:

E. Coli Path Shows Flaws in Beef Inspection

Reporter's name:

Michael Moss

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

The New York Times

City:

New York, NY

Summary:

Even fifteen years after an outbreak of a particular strain of E. coli in ground beef killed four children, federal health officials estimate that tens of thousands of people are sickened by it every year, and the summer of 2009 saw ground beef recalled from almost 3,000 grocers in all but nine states. The New York Times used FOIA to obtain records from the Department of Agriculture (USDA), which revealed that practices and ingredients defended as "trade secrets" by the ground beef industry are still insufficient to protect American meat-eaters from E. coli, such as Minnesotan Stephanie Smith, who was left paralyzed as a result of an E. coli infection.

Keywords:

ground beef, meat, inspection, E. coli, outbreak, food safety, USDA, agriculture, FSIS, Food Safety and Inspection Service

URL:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/health/04meat.html


Agencies:

USDA

States:

HI
IA
KS
MN
NE
NY
SD
TX
WA
WI

Categories:

food safety


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