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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 7.9.13

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USDA Inspector General Finds Fault in Swine Slaughter Oversight

Points up need to modernize meat inspection processes, consumer advocate group says

An audit of the inspection and enforcement activities of the USDA’s FSIS at swine slaughter plants identified multiple deficiencies, according to a recent report released in May. Among the report’s findings: FSIS’s enforcement actions do not deter repeat violations, inspectors do not always follow inspection protocols, and inspectors do not always take enforcement actions against humane handling violations at slaughter plants.

Could Olive Powder Kill E. Coli?

Study uses hamburger patties to test olive powder’s potential to suppress E. coli O157:H7 and amines

Plant-based compounds such as olive powder may have the power to shut down pathogens like E. coli in food, according to reports from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Research chemist Mendel Friedman, PhD, has been studying olive powder and other plant compounds (such as apple, onion, and garlic) for many years. In a recent study, Dr. Friedman and colleagues loaded up ground beef patties with E. coli O157:H7, and then mixed in either olive powder or one of the other plant compounds before...

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