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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 6.3.2014

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Deciphering the Puzzle of ‘Supershedder’ Cattle

Just one supershedder in a feedlot pen can spread bacteria to the hides of other animals in the pen

In every herd of 100 cattle, odds are you’ll find about two that are “supershedders”—cattle who shed high levels of pathogens like E. coli 0157:H7 in their manure, potentially spreading it to the rest of the herd and raising the risk of contaminating meat products down the line.

Connecting and Communicating Across Lab Operations

User-centric information management system available for food testing labs

An alternative to a traditional Laboratory Information Management System is expected to allow for ease in food safety labs complying with FSMA. The NuGenesis Lab Management System can enable a food testing lab to quickly and productively keep more detailed records as the system captures files, reports, and data streams that can be required during an inspection.

FSIS, CDC Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Agreement leverages federal expertise during foodborne outbreak investigations

USDA’s FSIS and the CDC Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to address foodborne health hazards in meat, poultry, and processed egg products.

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