It’s Official,Nebraska Beef Has
Trouble Controlling E. coli
Published: Friday, August 15th, 2008
Source of Article:http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/3650
According to a recently released Associated Press
report, federal investigators have just determined that Nebraska Beef Limited’s
practices could not effectively control E. coli bacteria
on June 24. Because of this Nebraska Beef’s latest recall has been
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) spokeswoman, Laura Reiser, says that investigators felt that about 160,000
pounds of meat needed to be added to the most recent recall that began last
Friday. This decision came after a USDA review of the Omahacompany’s
records. Meanwhile, approximately 1.36 million pounds of primal cuts, subprimal cuts, and boxed beef, that were
made on June 17, June 24, and July 8, have now been included in the
August 8 recall.
Nebraska Beef’s intact meat products have been
linked to 27 illnesses in Canada, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and
Virginia, according to the AP report. Also, recently, The Washington Post
reported that the newest strain that has been coming out of the Massachusetts outbreak is from the same as that E. coli
strain which sickened 31 people in 12 states, the District
of Columbia, and Canada.
Nebraska Beef is the meat supplier and processor implicated in the E. coli
outbreak that was linked to Kroger Grocery, as well.
This is not the first time Nebraska Beef has been
in the epicenter of seriously questionable practices and food contamination
illness and death. According to the Washington Post, Nebraska Beef has
received numerous sanitation violations over the past six years, for example:
Department of Agriculture (USDA) shut down Nebraska Beef three times in
2002 and 2003 after discovering “feces on carcasses, water dripping off
pipes onto meat, paint peeling onto equipment, and plugged-up meat wash
Beef was written up no less than five times in 2004 and early 2005 for not
removing brains or spinal cords from the food supply, as required.
These parts are of particular concern because it is there that bovine
spongiform encephalopathy—mad cow disease—can originate.
2006, US inspectors “threatened to suspend Nebraska Beef operations for
not following requirements for controlling E. coli.”
In 2006, “Minnesota health officials blamed Nebraska Beef for
sickening 17 people who ate meatballs at a Minnesota church potluck. Several
victims filed lawsuits against Nebraska Beef, including the family of a
woman who died.”
Other reports also indicate that in 2003, the USDA
went to court in an attempt to try to shut down Nebraska Beef’s Omaha packing plant after
citing it for numerous violations. In 2007, Nebraska Beef sued the USDA
saying its inspectors had unfairly targeted it. Last month, A USDA Food
Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) investigation at two processing plants
that collaborated with Nebraska Beef revealed E. coli contamination occurred
because some production practices took place under “insanitary” conditions
insufficient to prevent E. coli bacteria.