WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is aiming to prevent meat recalls by withholding meat and poultry products from grocery store shelves until government testing is complete.

The Agriculture Department proposed rules Tuesday that would force companies to delay shipments to consumers until government inspectors have released tests on the meat. The department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has inspectors in all meat plants that sample for E. coli and other contaminants.

Currently, products that are sampled can be shipped before testing results are known, though many companies already have procedures in place to hold the meat. The agency said at least 44 recalls between 2007 and 2009 could have been prevented if the rule had been in place.

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Comments (2)
  1. Bluesguitar777 says:

    I am against this. More big brother tactics. This is an unnecessary action which will only drive the cost of meet and whatever else through the roof. We’ve been doing fine for decades upon decades without this type of intervention and only experiencing a few isolated incidents here and there. Not bad for a population of over 300 million. Stay out of my life and out of my grocery store, Government. You serve the people, not visa versa.

  2. WeCanDoBetter says:

    Dear Blueguitar777 If we could tell you in advance that “YOU” would be the one to die from food contamination, would not going ahead with the new rules still be okay with you?

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