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Our scientists in FSIS, Agriculture Research Service (ARS), and in other agencies inform our approach to food safety.
Science, data and research are primary tools we use to protect public health.
USDA conducts and funds food safety research to generate real-world results for both government and the private sector.
The department is particularly proud of recent work that patented new technology that protects pasteurized liquid eggs, examined the safety of beef trim imports and efforts that led to the publication of the first draft genomes of six dangerous non-O157 strains of .
USDA also recently began requiring nutrition labels on single-ingredient raw meat and poultry products to provide more information to consumers.
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Enforcement to detect these dangerous pathogens and prevent them from reaching consumers began in March 2012.
USDA expects to prevent as many as 25,000 foodborne illnesses annually thanks to tougher standards set for Salmonella and new standards for Campylobacter which will reduce the occurrence of these pathogens in poultry.
Implementation of a "test and hold" policy in December 2012 prevents the recall of unsafe foods.
Facilities are now required to hold product until microbiological testing can determine it is safe to release meat, poultry and egg products into commerce.