USDA: food safety is in good shape
The USDA has said that the US is doing just fine in
terms of food safety.
Despite being faced with an alarming amount of food
recalls and reports of sometimes fatal food borne illnesses such as E. coli,
Salmonella, Listeriosis, and Botulism this year, the head of the US Department
of Agriculture (USDA),
Ed Schafer, has said that food safety in the US
is doing just fine.
This comes as consumers are facing constant reports of federal government
announcements about such recalls.
Some of these recalls originate from the largest meat processors and
grocery chains in the US.
Most recent food recalls
The latest recall that took place was by Nebraska Beef Limited, recalling
millions of pounds that are linked an ongoing multi-state E. coli
This week also saw Whole Food markets recalling ground beef produced from
large cuts of prime meat from the same processor.
As of Tuesday, approximately a dozen people on the East Coast became ill
after consuming food from the high-end natural food supplier.
Shafer - situation is improving
With consumers facing these recall situations, according to reports Schafer
has said that the number of contaminated products has declined in recent years
and the situation is improving.
â€œI don't believe that, from a USDA standpoint, we need to increase the
number of inspectors or change the testing requirements,â€ Shafer said.
To comment, login here
Or register to be able to comment.