Audit Finds USDA Falls Short on Tracking Residue in Beef

The Agriculture Department’s Office of the Inspector General concluded in a March audit report that USDA, along with the Food & Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency “is not accomplishing its mission of monitoring the food supply for harmful residues.”

The bulk of the report focuses on recommendations from the inspector general for jump-starting residue monitoring and intervention. Recommendations include expanding the substances the agencies test for, improving their methodology for sampling hazardous residues, determining more efficient ways of approving newer methods of testing for drug residues and collaborating to set tolerances for additional residues.

To see a copy of the report in its entirety, click here.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by DNASR on April 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I always read and follow the lable directions. If we do our job corectly and Inspection service does their’s consumers will have no residue issues.


  2. Posted by Tom Verquer on April 28, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    If all producers use proper meat quality assurance practices , by using proper injection techniques and following the proper withdrawal times we can cut down the incidence of residues.


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