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ERS Issues Report on Food Safety Performance of Suppliers to the National School Lunch Program

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) issued a report analyzing the effectiveness of the revised National School Lunch Program standards, comparing the food safety performance of establishments that are active and inactive Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) suppliers to the performance of commercial suppliers. The report concluded that all ground beef suppliers met Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Salmonella spp performance standards, and that active AMS and FSIS-only commercial suppliers performed significantly better than inactive AMS suppliers. The report's results also revealed, however, that ground beef sold by AMS suppliers was more likely to test positive for Salmonella spp compared to ground beef sold by commercial suppliers. The report also suggests approaches to ensure compliance with AMS Salmonella spp standards. A copy of the ERS report is available here.

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