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VOSS SAYS CONTAMINATED MEAT REPORTS ERRONEOUS

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Voss, director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, expressed concern regarding news reports implying that contaminated fast-food hamburger meat originated from cattle from the Central Valley of California.
 At least one newspaper in the Central Valley used a headline which stated that "Most of the tainted meat (was) linked to cows in (the) Central Valley." Said Voss, "The actual source of the contamination is unknown and may never be known."
 The current investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) have determined that the meat products involved were from a number of foreign and domestic sources. The investigation has revealed that less than 15 percent of the meat product used in the hamburgers was from California. At this point the investigation has not uncovered any indication that California beef was the source of the contamination.
 Voss says he supports the investigation by CDC and CDHS to review all steps in the hamburger production process to determine if additional protective actions are needed to protect public health. CDFA endorses the Food and Drug Administration's recent guidelines for cooking ground beef to 155 degrees Fahrenheit.
 CDFA is committed to support responsible, scientific research to determine the factors involved with this new disease.
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 /CONTACT: Carl DeWing, communications officer of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 916-654-0462/


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