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The Associated Press reports that 60 percent of 35 large meat plants in the US have flaws in their plans designed to prevent E. coli.

The flaws were described as "scientific design issues," with most plants not doing well in the record-keeping arena.

If plants don't comply with national regulations requiring them to have written prevention plans that are adhered to, the federal government plans to take action against them.

There have been some enormous meat recalls over the past year, and the new federal budget proposed by President Bush spends $675 million on food safety, with $5.5 million of that training plant inspectors, and $4.3 million to hire 80 new ones. In addition, $18 million would support the US Department of Agriculture's Office of Food Security and Emergency Preparedness, which deals with terrorism-related issues.
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