New rule to track minced beef issued by USDA

A new regulation to minimise food-borne illnesses caused by minced (ground) beef was published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on 21 December 2015.

The law constitutes a revision of Part 320 of Title 9 of the code of Federal Regulations. It will enter into force on 20 June 2016.

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have linked ground beef in products like hamburgers to a number of deaths in recent years.

Under the new rule producers and retailers that use ground beef will be obliged to keep a record of their supplier, and cross-reference these with registrations to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Users must also compile lists of how often mincing equipment and other food contact surfaces are cleaned.

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