Senators urge pathogen standards for pork and beef

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish salmonella and campylobacter standards for beef and pork.

In a letter to the USDA, the Senators said, “There are currently no Salmonella performance standards for ground pork or pork parts, and the standards for pork carcasses have not been updated in nearly 20 years. Ground beef Salmonella performance standards are similarly outdated, and there are no Salmonella standards for beef parts.” 

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