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New Standards Announced to Reduce E. Coli Contamination

Recently, the agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced new standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria in young chickens and turkeys. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) also released a compliance guide to help the poultry industry address Salmonella and Campylobacter, and a compliance guide on known practices for pre-harvest management to reduce E. coli contamination in cattle.

“There is no more important mission at USDA than ensuring the safety of our food, and we are working every day as part of the President’s Food Safety Working Group to lower the danger of foodborne illness,” said Vilsack. “The new standards announced today mark an important step in our efforts to protect consumers by further reducing the incidence of Salmonella and opening a new front in the fight against Campylobacter.”

By revising current performance standards and setting new ones, FSIS is encouraging establishments to make continued improvement in the occurrence and level of pathogens in the products they produce. FSIS developed the stricter performance standards using recently completed studies to measure the baseline prevalence of E. coli in young chicken and turkey carcasses nationwide.

Under our system of law, a person injured by E. coli food poisoning has to prove three things in order to make a successful claim:

  • Fault – that the food seller or processor did something wrong with regard to food  processing, preparation, storage or handling.
  • Causation – the fault of the seller or processor caused the food to become contaminated and that the contaminated food actually caused the illness.
  • Damages – the harms and losses suffered by the victim as a result of consuming the contaminated food

Do I have a Food Poisoning Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in food poisoning lawsuits. We are handling individual and group outbreak litigation nationwide and currently accepting new food poisoning cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of food poisoning, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries by filing a food poisoning lawsuit and we can help.

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