The American Meat Institute (AMI) pushed back against a bill introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) last week that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to regulate six additional strains of E. coli in meat and poultry products.

"We share Sen. Gillibrand's desire to eradicate pathogenic bacteria, but we don't believe that an act of Congress can make these bacteria disappear," said AMI in a statement released yesterday.

ground-beef14-featured.jpgGillibrand struck a much different tone in her announcement last week. "How many people have to get sick before we take action?" she said. "In America, in 2010, it is unconscionable that food is still going straight to our kitchens, school cafeterias, and restaurants without being properly tested to ensure its safety."

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Source: Food Safety News