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New Safeguards to Protect Consumers from Foodborne Illness

The National Law Review recently published an article regarding Foodborne Illness by Aaron M. Phelps of Varnum LLP:

Varnum LLP



The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set new safeguards that will better protect consumers from foodborne illness in meat and poultry products. It will now be easier to trace contaminated food materials in the supply chain, to act against contaminated products sooner, and to establish the effectiveness of food safety systems.

Policy measures include the following:

  • New traceback measures to control pathogens earlier and prevent them from triggering foodborne illnesses and outbreaks.
  • Requiring establishments to prepare and maintain recall procedures, to notify the Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) within 24 hours that a meat or poultry product that could harm consumers has been shipped into commerce, and to document each reassessment of their hazard control and critical control point (HACCP) system food safety plans.

© 2012 Varnum LLP

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