A new USDA tracing method is aimed at making our meat supply safer.
The goal is to eliminate any food safety problems before they spread rather than fighting an outbreak once it is discovered.
The new strategy changes how the U.S. Department of Agriculture traces E. coli-contaminated food in the food chain, allowing inspections to move more quickly to have tainted food removed from store shelves.
New regulations also require meat and poultry processors to notify federal officials within 24 hours when they identify a contaminated product.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, foodborne diseases annually sicken one in six Americans.
On average, multi-state outbreaks are reported between four and six times in the United States each year.
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