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USDA proposes delay in meat sales to prevent product recalls

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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is aiming to prevent meat recalls by withholding meat and poultry products from grocery store shelves until government testing is complete.

The Agriculture Department proposed rules today that would force companies to delay shipments to consumers until government inspectors have released tests on the meat. The department's Food Safety and Inspection Service has inspectors in all meat plants that sample for E. coli and other contaminants.

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