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USDA Satisfied With Food Safety Changes Made by Supreme Beef.

Texan beef meatpacker Supreme Beef Processors, Inc. satisfied federal officials with changes it made in its pathogen-control system since USDA unsuccessfully tried to shut the facility down. The department withdrew its inspectors from the Supreme Beef plant in Dallas Nov. 30, effectively closing the facility, but was forced to send them back when a judge granted a temporary restraining order. The plant had failed a series of salmonella tests. Supreme Beef will be allowed to resume sales of ground beef to the federal school lunch program. Supreme Beef was one of the program's largest suppliers until USDA cut off purchases at the same time it tried to close the facility. The meatpacker said it had agreed to make the changes before USDA tried to shut the plant down.

USDA officials said the plant has modified its pathogen control plan to prevent salmonella contamination. Inspectors "will closely monitor the implementation" and conduct another round of salmonella testing, said Thomas Billy, administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Supreme Beef says it has no plans to drop a lawsuit against USDA that is scheduled to go to trial in May.
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Date:Feb 21, 2000
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