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USDA RULES OUT AUSTRALIAN PLANTS AS SOURCE OF VIRULENT BACTERIAL INFECTION

 NEW YORK, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Congressional testimony today revealed that the USDA has ruled out Australian plants as the source of a virulent bacterial infection that contaminated meat at a fast food establishment in the Northwest.
 The Australian Meat & Live-Stock Corporation (AMLC) said that it is pleased that Australia's plants have been cleared by the USDA. The AMLC also extended its sympathies to the families and children who have been affected by this tragic incident.
 The Australian Meat & Live-Stock Corporation is a statutory corporation of the government of Australia responsible for promoting the sale of Australian meat and livestock worldwide.
 The AMLC pointed out that all meat exported from Australia has been rigorously inspected. USDA inspectors not only inspect Australian product at the time of entry into the U.S. market, they also annually inspect and certify slaughter establishments that export product from Australia to the U.S. Added to this is Australia's own health and hygiene inspection system that not only meets USDA standards, but those of more than 55 countries around the world.
 "We want to assure the American public that Australia places the highest importance on providing safe and healthy meat to our customers worldwide. The Australian beef industry's health and hygiene standards are as strict as any in the world and are recognized to be at least USDA equivalent," said Michael Hayward, AMLC group manager for the region of the Americas.
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 /CONTACT: Jarvis Cromwell of Brouillard Communications, 212-210-8630, or evenings 203-966-4348, for the AMLC/


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