USDA ASKS ADVICE TO RID MEAT OF LISTERIA TAINT

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking food-industry and researchers' advice about stemming the growing incidence of consumers reportedly made ill by eating meats tainted with the Listeria bacteria.However, barring an unexpected increase of epidemic proportions of this disease, it appears the agency is unlikely to force food retailers and manufacturers to comply with new

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking food-industry and researchers' advice about stemming the growing incidence of consumers reportedly made ill by eating meats tainted with the Listeria bacteria.

However, barring an unexpected increase of epidemic proportions of this disease, it appears the agency is unlikely to force food retailers and manufacturers to comply with new perishables handling regulations, or guidelines.

The agency's Food Safety and I

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