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Non-O157 STEC Beef Testing Costs $1.37 million

01 December 2014

US - The cost of testing beef trimmings in the US for non-O157 STEC is approximately $1.37 million.

According to analysis from the Food Safety and Inspection Service the expanded testing to other beef products in processing plants is expected to cost an additional $1 million.

The costs have been published in the Federal Register of FSIOS analysis of the estimated costs and benefits associated with implementing non-O157 STEC testing on beef manufacturing trimmings, and the costs and benefits associated with expanding its non-O157 STEC testing to include raw ground beef components and ground product.

According to eh American Meat Institute, FSIS found that the principle benefits of non-O157 STEC testing include reduced illnesses and deaths, reduced outbreak-related recalls and improved business practices.

FSIS was unable, however, to quantify the benefits of expanded STEC testing. The notice also contained the Pathogen Control in Beef Summary Results .

Public comments are encouraged and due by January 20, 2015.

Once the comment period officially closes, FSIS will finalise its analysis of STEC testing for beef manufacturing trimmings and will determine if it is appropriate to expand testing to include other ground beef components.

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