Beef recall expanded nationwide; politicians seek more information

Earlier this month, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation was recalling about 9 million pounds of “diseased and unsound” meat. At first, the recall only affected consumers in five states. Now, weeks after the recall was first issued, it has been expanded across the country.

Beef suppliers settle lawsuit over abuse, slaughter of sick cattle

Last month, former beef suppliers to the National School Lunch Program reached an agreement with the United States government and The Humane Society of the United States to settle allegations of mistreating downer cattle at the suppliers’ Chino, Calif., slaughter operation. The settlement concluded a nearly five-year legal battle that started in 2008, which also involved the largest meat recall in U.S. history.

Food safety officials tweak Salmonella testing process

The Food Safety and Inspection Service announced changes to the process it uses to detect Salmonella in ground beef. Among the changes, beef samples that inspectors examine will increase from 25 grams to 325 grams.

Cracks in the System: Salmonella proves to be a problem in beef too

Salmonella tainted ground beef could be the biggest challenge facing the industry, said a leading beef researcher. Scientists have realized they may have misidentified the source of Salmonella in beef cattle. They now realize it may be in the lymphatic system of cattle, making it harder to prevent than E. coli. As recently as March of 2013, Salmonella Typhimurium in ground beef was linked to more than 20 human illnesses in six states. In September 2012 nearly 50 people in nine states became ill from eating ground beef tainted with Salmonella Enteritidis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“It was always our working assumption that E. coli interventions should be controlling Salmonella,” said James Marsden, professor of animal science at Kansas State University.