USDA Updates Pathogen Testing Procedures for Meat, Poultry

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will require meat and poultry producers and importers to wait for negative test results of foodborne pathogens before releasing products into the marketplace, starting 60 days from Dec. 7.

The new regulations apply to non-intact raw beef and ready-to-eat products containing meat or poultry that are routinely tested for E. coli and other pathogens. Test results typically take

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