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US to Increase E. Coli Tests in Some Raw Beef Products.

June 1, 2012

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Effective next week, the US Agriculture Department will be <a href=";navid=NEWS_RELEASE&amp;navtype=RT&amp;parentnav=LATEST_RELEASES&amp;edeployment_action=retrievecontent">expanding</a> its testing for E. coli in some (but not all) raw beef products.  The new tests will test for six additional strains of E. coli that produce the so-called Shiga toxin — O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145.  They will also continue to test for the better known E. coli — as well as the better known O157:H7.  This new testing paradigm follows on the heels of a <a href=";ref=business">report</a> that the FDA denied a petition by the Corn Refiners Association to change the name of the sweetener high-fructose corn syrup to corn sugar on nutrition labels.  A sign of governmental toughening, or just a momentary blip?  We should get a better sense when (if?) the new FSMA draft regulations are finally posted for comment.
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