An Evaluation of the Food Safety Requirements of the Federal Purchase Ground Beef Program
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To ensure the safety of food distributed through the National School Lunch Program, food banks, and other federal food and nutrition programs, the United States Department of Agriculture has established food safety and quality requirements for the ground beef it purchases. This National Research Council book reviews the scientific basis of the Department's ground beef safety standards, evaluates how the standards compare to those used by large retail and commercial food service purchasers of ground beef, and looks at ways to establish periodic evaluations of the Federal Purchase Ground Beef Program. The book finds that although the safety requirements could be strengthened using scientific concepts, the prevention of future outbreaks of foodborne disease will depend on eliminating contamination during production and ensuring meat is properly cooked before it is served.

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  • Food and Nutrition — Production and Safety
  • Food and Nutrition — Policy, Reviews and Evaluations

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44 pages | 8 1/2 x 11
Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-309-17709-2
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Front Matter i-x
Letter response 1-2
SUMMARY 3-6
BACKGROUND 7-26
REFERENCES 27-28
APPENDIX A COMMITTEE MEMBERS' BIOGRAPHIC SKETCHES 29-32
APPENDIX B Acronyms and Abbreviations 33-33
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National Research Council. An Evaluation of the Food Safety Requirements of the Federal Purchase Ground Beef Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2010.

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