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Following a December 24, 2009 recall of 248,000 pounds of mechanically tenderized steaks that sickened 21 consumers in 16 states, nine of whom were hospitalized, consumer groups are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to require labeling identifying all mechanically tenderized meat products; to include these products in its sampling program; and to inform the public and restaurants about the need for adequate cooking of these products.
As the recent outbreaks of illnesses linked to contaminated spinach, peanut butter, and cookie dough underscore, the safety of our food supply is a major issue facing policymakers and regulators in the United States. While decision-makers grapple with strategies for improving the safety of our food supply, there are a number of things Americans can do – in their homes – to decrease the chances that you and your family will get foodborne illnesses.
As we mark Alcohol Awareness Month, we wish to draw attention to the fact that there is an important tool to inform and educate consumers about
what’s in a serving of an alcoholic beverage that is largely unused – the alcohol beverage label.