USDA URGED TO ALTER E. COLI PROGRAM

WASHINGTON -- A Nov. 24 recall of 359,000 pounds of ground beef -- involving four states and three retailers -- may have been unnecessary and should not have proceeded without irrefutable test evidence, stated a coalition of food groups in a letter to Dan Glickman, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The organizations cited the incident in again calling on Glickman "to undertake an immediate

WASHINGTON -- A Nov. 24 recall of 359,000 pounds of ground beef -- involving four states and three retailers -- may have been unnecessary and should not have proceeded without irrefutable test evidence, stated a coalition of food groups in a letter to Dan Glickman, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The organizations cited the incident in again calling on Glickman "to undertake an immediate and comprehensive review of USDA's procedures for the detection of E. coli 0157:H

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