GAO report on Food Safety recommends that USDA take further action to reduce pathogens

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its reports made the following recommendations: The Administrator of FSIS should document the agency’s process for deciding which products to consider for new pathogen standards, including the basis on which such decisions should be made (Recommendation 1). The Administrator of FSIS should set time frames for determining what pathogen standards or additional policies are needed to address pathogens in beef carcasses, ground beef, pork cuts, and ground pork (Recommendation 2). The Administrator of FSIS should include available information on the effectiveness of on-farm practices to reduce the level of pathogens as it finalizes its guidelines for controlling Salmonella in hogs (Recommendation 3). @

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