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Watchdog Group Warns Consumers About Food Contamination

August 16, 2010: 11:50 AM EST
A U.S. consumer watchdog group is warning consumers to be on the lookout for contaminated meats and produce, now that the summer barbeque season is in full swing. “The unfortunate parade of outbreaks and recalls linked to contaminated food continues,” cautioned the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Significant recalls of ground beef contaminated with E.coli bacteria and bagged lettuce tainted by Listeria were announced recently by the USDA and FDA. CSPI reminds consumers to cook ground beef to 160 degrees, and be careful when thawing and handling ground beef to avoid cross-contamination. The group also noted that rewashing bagged lettuce does not remove pathogens and may actually spread contamination in food prep areas.
Center for Science in the Public Interest, "CSPI Warns of More Recalls Linked to Beef, Lettuce", News release, CSPI, August 16, 2010, © CSPI
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