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Martin Murray

Food Supply Chain Issues

By December 27, 2012

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food safety Food Safety News suggests that a decision made by the USDA will likely mean more illnesses and deaths in 2013 with produce moving along our food supply chain. The USDA decided to end its 11 year old Microbiological Data Program (MDP), which did 80 percent of the federal testing for food borne pathogens on domestic and fresh fruit and vegetables. The government did not ask Congress for the $5 million funding for the MDP when the program expired on October 1st.

The MDP was a joint venture between USDA's Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) and a dozen state agricultural labs that performed the actual testing. The work that the MDP executed was important in limiting the outbreaks of Listeria, E. coli, and Salmonella. The goal of MDP was to provide monitoring data on targeted pathogens in selected fruits and vegetables. As yet there is no indication that the USDA has a plan to replace the current work performed by the MDP.

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January 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm
(1) Debbie says:

It’s pretty obvious this country needs to get prepared. Prepared for what you say? I say just about anything. Natural disaster, food contamination, job loss and what ever else may come your way. Learn how to be self sufficient as much as possible. If “it ” hasn’t hit you yet it soon will.

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