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Largest Beef Recall In US History!

February 20, 2008 | By More

On Monday, a Californian meatpacker recalled the largest amount of beef in US history. Agriculture officials played down the risk to humans after Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing agreed to take back more than 143 million pounds of raw and frozen meet when it was found in violation of inspection rules.

The company, based in Chino, California, voluntarily recalled the beef after the federal Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) determined the cattle “did not receive complete and proper inspection.”

The company did not “consistently contact the FSIS public health veterinarian in situations in which cattle became non-ambulatory” before being slaughtered, the USDA statement said Sunday. Federal rules usually ban the slaughter of “downer cattle” — those unable to walk — as a safeguard against mad cow disease or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

America’s meat packing industry has already been plagued by outbreaks of E. coli bacteria and other problems.

In September, Topps Meats Co. of New Jersey recalled 21.7 million pounds of frozen hamburger patties after people in New York and Florida fell ill because of E. coli poisoning.The New Jersey company later filed for bankruptcy because the recall involved a full year’s worth of production.

The largest previous recall involved 35 million pounds of ready-to-eat meats in 1999.

[Yahoo News]

Category: Food

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