Authorities must adopt a more robust salmonella surveillance system and a more aggressive response to outbreaks, according to a Pew Charitable Trust Report, in response to a 2011 outbreak from Cargill Meat Solutions in ground turkey.
Greater cooperation on food safety throughout the supply chain to preserve company reputations was a major theme at this year’s GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) conference, wrapping up in Barcelona on Friday.
Some customers have expressed an interest in re-introducing finely textured beef (FTB) to their ground beef products after a media storm over ‘pink slime’ prompted many to drop it earlier this year, says Cargill.
Cargill has acquired a beef processing facility for $14.1m from AFA Foods, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the wake of a wave of media coverage over lean finely textured beef (LFTB) – aka ‘pink slime’.
The decision by retailers to remove finely textured beef (FTB) - aka ‘pink slime’ - from ground beef products was “disappointing but understandable given the immense volume of misinformation and hyperbole” surrounding the product, according to Cargill.