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Date: 8/23/2010

Title: AMI Outlines Actions USDA Should Take to Address STECS in Beef

WASHINGTON - Substantial progress has been made in improving the safety of the nation’s meat and poultry supply, but designating non-O157:H7 shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) as adulterants will result in a regulatory program that will do more harm than good, the American Meat Institute (AMI) said in a letter sent last week to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.  AMI said that non-O157:H7 STECs in beef products may be a reason for potential public health concern, but it is not a public health emergency.  AMI recommended eight specific and comprehensive actions USDA should take to combat STECs in the beef supply. 

1.  Focus on Prevention
2.  Conduct a Comprehensive Public Health Risk Assessment
3.  Validate Analytical Laboratory Test Methods
4.  Conduct a Baseline Survey of Non-O157:H7 STECs on Beef Products 
5.  Measure Progress Based on the Public Health Outcome 
6.  Expedite Approval of New Microbial Interventions
7.  Determine Impact on International Trade
8.  Provide an Open and Transparent Public Policy Process

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