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« Topic Start: February 17, 2008, 06:32:52 pm »

This one was important enough to warrant its own thread. The cynic in me wonders what in the hell took them so long. That video has been out for a couple of weeks, and apparently, the situation there was known before then.

USDA recalls 143 million pounds of beef
U.S. officials call action on S. Calif. slaughterhouse largest beef recall ever

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday recalled 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse, the subject of an animal-abuse investigation, that provided meat to school lunch programs.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23212514/
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« Reply #1: February 17, 2008, 06:56:07 pm »

This one was important enough to warrant its own thread. The cynic in me wonders what in the hell took them so long. That video has been out for a couple of weeks, and apparently, the situation there was known before then.

USDA recalls 143 million pounds of beef
U.S. officials call action on S. Calif. slaughterhouse largest beef recall ever

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday recalled 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse, the subject of an animal-abuse investigation, that provided meat to school lunch programs.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23212514/

*thinks back to the tacos he had for dinner*

Since the slaughterhouse is in So. California then none of the meat would be sold here on the East Coast right?
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« Reply #2: February 17, 2008, 07:45:49 pm »

*thinks back to the tacos he had for dinner*

Since the slaughterhouse is in So. California then none of the meat would be sold here on the East Coast right?

I believe some of it went to New York. This article wasn't particularly helpful. I'll have to see if I can't find something a bit more descriptive.
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« Reply #3: February 17, 2008, 08:47:13 pm »


"Today marks the largest beef recall in U.S. history, and it involves the national school lunch program and other federal food and nutrition programs," said U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. "This begs the question: how much longer will we continue to test our luck with weak enforcement of federal food safety regulations?"


Very important question indeed.  Personally from that article I do not see enough being done, punishment wise as well.  I can't belive people could treat animals like that and sell the meat to be consumed by children.  Just seems like a nasty epidemic is waiting to happen.
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« Reply #4: February 17, 2008, 09:27:49 pm »

"Today marks the largest beef recall in U.S. history, and it involves the national school lunch program and other federal food and nutrition programs," said U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. "This begs the question: how much longer will we continue to test our luck with weak enforcement of federal food safety regulations?"


Very important question indeed.  Personally from that article I do not see enough being done, punishment wise as well.  I can't belive people could treat animals like that and sell the meat to be consumed by children.  Just seems like a nasty epidemic is waiting to happen.

This was a really, really ugly situation. One that I'm pretty sure wasn't well hidden and, unfortunately, probably not that rare here. (This is why I was pitching such a fit about the horse slaughtering plants here in the US. It's hard enough to watch that video with cattle involved; I can only imagine the outrage if it was horses...that may sound crass, but I'm pretty sure it's true.)
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« Reply #5: February 18, 2008, 11:36:40 am »

Unless something else comes to light in the articles being written, it just doesn't look like there's much information about this. Which, when you think about it is really pretty shitty. You've got the largest beef recall in US history and little to go on. The cynic in me says the USDA felt like it had to make some sort of response, and here it is. From what I'm seeing on the USDA's website, there's really nothing more in the way of helpful consumer information.
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« Reply #6: February 18, 2008, 11:44:13 am »

Unless something else comes to light in the articles being written, it just doesn't look like there's much information about this. Which, when you think about it is really pretty shitty. You've got the largest beef recall in US history and little to go on. The cynic in me says the USDA felt like it had to make some sort of response, and here it is. From what I'm seeing on the USDA's website, there's really nothing more in the way of helpful consumer information.

Sounds like they are recalling in response to the Humane Society investigation/video.  They said that no illnesses have been reported, and they don't expect any too, they are just covering their butts.
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« Reply #7: February 18, 2008, 12:13:11 pm »

Sounds like they are recalling in response to the Humane Society investigation/video.  They said that no illnesses have been reported, and they don't expect any too, they are just covering their butts.

I know that's what it's in response to, but I don't think I've ever seen a recall where at least some lot numbers and/or dates weren't included in the information. That's what I find so odd...it's as if the only reason they're doing this is because of the video and there's no real information being provided to guide consumers.
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« Reply #8: February 18, 2008, 12:17:05 pm »


Sounds like they are recalling in response to the Humane Society investigation/video.  They said that no illnesses have been reported, and they don't expect any too, they are just covering their butts.

Which IMO misses the point.   It's not the potential for illness that primarily concerns me (if people survive twinkies, they can survive anything).  Cruel and inhumane treatment of animals should be a scandal. 
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« Reply #9: February 20, 2008, 10:58:52 am »

Unless something else comes to light in the articles being written, it just doesn't look like there's much information about this. Which, when you think about it is really pretty shitty. You've got the largest beef recall in US history and little to go on. The cynic in me says the USDA felt like it had to make some sort of response, and here it is. From what I'm seeing on the USDA's website, there's really nothing more in the way of helpful consumer information.

I heard on the radio yesterday that this recall dates back two years. IMO, that's a blanket "cover our arse" type thing instead of a genuine concern because most of the meat in question has already been consumed.
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« Reply #10: February 20, 2008, 04:58:33 pm »

If only one good thing comes out of this horrific situation, I hope it's a serious discussion on the US's methods of mass slaughter and how the animals are treated up to and during the process.

Bad News on Beef
A food safety expert discusses the largest meat recall in U.S. history.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/113695
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