J. Patrick Boyle, president of the American Meat Institute (AMI), has responded to a report published last week by consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, which alleged that the USDA salmonella testing programme is seriously flawed.  "Ground beef is safe and getting safer according to USDA data," he insisted, "which show the bacteria levels on raw product have trended downward consistently thanks to new food safety technologies and new USDA meat inspection approaches."