U.S. to Upgrade Meat Inspection Program

Associated Press

The Agriculture Department said Tuesday it will develop a meat safety program to guard against bacterial contamination of meat "from the farm to the table."

In testimony before two House Agriculture subcommittees, H. Russell Cross, administrator of the department's Food Safety and Inspection Service outlined elements of the long-range plan to improve meat safety.

The proposals follow a deadly outbreak of meat-related food poisoning in Washington state.

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