So, Beef Packers Inc. (a.k.a. Cargill) Recalls Salmonella Newport Beef – Why Hasn’t it or FSIS Told Us Where it Was Sold?
Source of Article: http://www.marlerblog.com/
When we hear that there has
been a recall of hamburger tainted with Salmonella Newport, how many of us
would know which company slaughtered the cow and ground the meat? Would
we know that the meat came from Beef Packers Inc. (a.k.a. Cargill), or would
we only know the store we bought the meat from? My guess it would be the
store only. So, why do we not yet know completely where the
contaminated meat was sold? Here is what we do know.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says the beef was sent to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah, but has been silent on what stores sold the tainted beef. California Department of Health, however, has announced that some of the meat was sold at Safeway Inc. and Sam's Club.
So, why the silence from FSIS and Beef Packers Inc. (a.k.a. Cargill)? Here is some history - 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: 9 C.F.R. § 390.10 Availability of Lists of Retail Consignees during Meat or Poultry Product Recalls:
The 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 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 this one). 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, why can California give the public a list in days but FSIS can not? More to the point, why can not Beef Packers Inc. (a.k.a. Cargill) give the same information?
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