Sunday, February 17, 2008

Guess what? Another beef recall!

From the AP

USDA Makes Nation's Largest Beef Recall

By GREG RISLING – 1 hour ago

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

Officials said it was the largest beef recall in the United States, surpassing a 1999 ban of 35 million pounds of ready-to-eat meats. No illnesses have been linked to the newly recalled meat, and officials said the health threat was likely small.

The recall will affect beef products dating to Feb. 1, 2006, that came from Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., the federal agency said.

Full article HERE

Senator Harkin is quoted: "... marks the largest beef recall in U.S. history, and it involves the national school lunch program and other federal food and nutrition programs...this begs the question: how much longer will we continue to test our luck with weak enforcement of federal food safety regulations?"

Good questions - but they have been raised and no one in congress seemed to listen! We need to have food inspectors - not wars and oil profiteering [among other things]!

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