One more reason to stop eating meat:
USDA Won't Publish Salmonella Tests
April 2, 1998
Washington (Reuters) - The U.S.
Agriculture Department said on Thursday it
would not publish the results of salmonella
tests that are being conducted at U.S. meat
and poultry plants as part of the
department's new food safety procedures.
Consumer groups had argued the test data
should be made publicly available on the
USDA's web site so shoppers could find out
if any processing plants were having
recurring problems with salmonella.
In January, the USDA began conducting
salmonella tests at large U.S. meat and
poultry plants to check they were taking
steps to reduce contamination by salmonella
and other pathogens. The tests will be
introduced at smaller plants by the year
Salmonella is the most common bacterial
cause of illness carried by food in the
United States. More than 9,000 Americans
die each year from unsafe food, and
millions more fall ill, according to the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
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