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USDA Boosts Testing to Block Horse-Meat Imports After EU Scandal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is increasing testing on meat imports to confirm that shipments don’t contain horse meat after products from burgers to lasagna were mislabled in Europe.

“We are confident that the inspection system at ports of entry ensures the safety of products that come into our country,” Cathy Cochran, a spokeswoman for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, said in an e-mailed statement today. “However, in response to recent events and consumer concerns, we are increasing species testing to enhance current safeguards and prevent fraudulently labeled products from entering the country.”