WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a directive encouraging processors of ready-to-eat meat products to implement their own microbiological testing programs. Currently, FSIS conducts tests on hot dogs, luncheon meats and sausages for pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella; additionally, some varieties of pepperoni are monitored for the presence of E. coli 0157:H7. Manufacturers that incorporate such programs will ...

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