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USDA proposes new ground beef regulations

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes new regulations to require stores to better trace ground beef.

The USDA wants stores to keep records of what meat is used and where it came from.That would make it easier and faster to trace back contaminated beef.

Meat specialists say the proposed regulation could lead to stores buying more pre-packaged ground beef.

"We may see more of a shift toward products coming in foam trays that are already packaged as opposed to being ground on site, just to eliminate the extra record keeping that would be require for retailers," Travis O'Quinn, Kansas State University meat specialist, said.

O'Quinn says right now there are no regulations that require retailers to track what products go into their store-ground product.

The proposal is currently open for public comment.

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