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Medical News & Perspectives
December 4, 2002

Listeriosis Outbreak Prompts Action—Finally

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JAMA. 2002;288(21):2675-2676. doi:10.1001/jama.288.21.2675-JMN1204-2-1

An East Coast outbreak of listeriosis has prompted the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) to expedite new regulations for processing ready-to-eat meat and poultry, but some food safety experts say the government's lengthy delays already have cost too many lives.

In October, Wampler Foods Inc of Franconia, Pa, shut down operations after two strains of Listeria monocytogenes found in the processing plant matched those of patients in the outbreak. The company has recalled more than 27 million pounds of fresh and frozen ready-to-eat turkey and chicken products.