The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed a rule requiring that “all makers of raw ground beef products keep records” that would allow FSIS to conduct timelier recalls of potentially contaminated meat. The proposed rule would require retailers that mix meats from multiple sources to keep more detailed records identifying the source. According to a July 16, 2014, press release, previous FSIS efforts to encourage raw ground beef retailers’ maintenance of clear records have been insufficient in aiding the service in tracing the source of contaminated meat. “The improved traceback capabilities that would result from this proposal will prevent foodborne illness by allowing FSIS to conduct recalls of potentially contaminated raw ground products in a timelier manner,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Brian Ronholm. FSIS will accept comments on its proposed rule for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.