FSIS – Follow Your Own Damn Rules and
Tell the Public Where the E. coli O157:H7-tainted JBS Swift Meat Went
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On August 18, 2008 after
years of hand wringing, the FSIS finally put public health before
“proprietary” business interests when it made the following rule:
C.F.R. § 390.10 Availability of Lists of Retail Consignees during Meat or
Poultry Product Recalls
Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service will make publicly
available the names and locations of retail consignees of recalled meat or
poultry products that the Agency compiles in connection with a recall where
there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product could cause
serious adverse health consequences or death.
The full rule can be reviewed
The Bottom Line:
The FSIS is now supposed
to make available to the public names and locations of retail consignees
(grocery stores, etc.) of meat and poultry products recalled by a
federally-inspected meat or poultry establishment if the recalled product
has been distributed to the retail level.
The rule will only apply
to Class I recalls (like the JBS Swift ones). The information is supposed
to be posted on the FSIS website, generally within three (3) to ten (10)
working days, following the announcement of the recall.
So, FSIS, where in the
hell is it?
By the way, posts like
these will keep me in the private sector.