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Meat by the Month

As you wander the grocery aisles this holiday season, bemoaning the price of meat, think about the true cost of the Bush administrati on’s ease up on FDA enforcement.

For example:

January 2007
• Gold Star Sausage Co. recalls over 15,000 pounds of sausage products due to Listeria contaminatio n.

February 2007
• Carolina Culinary Foods recalls 2.8 million pounds of chicken due to Listeria contaminatio n.
• ConAgra Foods, Inc. recalls over 400,000 pounds of pasta and meatballs because the boxed products were under-proces sed, which may cause the product to spoil before the “best-by” date.

March 2007
Tyson Fresh Meats recalls almost 17,000 pounds of ground beef due to E. coli contaminatio n.

April 2007
• Richwood Meat Company recalls over 107,000 pounds of ground beef due to the presence of E. coli.
• HFX, Inc. recalls almost 260,000 pounds of ground beef due to the presence of E. coli.

May 2007
• PM Beef Holdings recall over 117,000 pounds of ground beef due to the presence of E. coli.

June 2007
• United Food Group recalls 5.7 million pounds of ground beef due to the presence of E. coli.
• Tyson Fresh Meats recalls over 40,000 pounds of ground beef due to the presence of E. coli.

July 2007
• Castleberrys Food Company recalls over 721,000 pounds of canned meat due to the presence of Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that can cause botulism.
• Abbott’s Meat, Inc. recalls over 26,000 pounds of ground beef due to the presence of E. coli.

August 2007
No meat recalls

September 2007
• Stone Meats, Inc. recalls over 11,000 pounds of ground beef because the products contain pieces of metal.

October 2007
• Topps Meat Company recalls over 21 million pounds of ground beef due to the presence of E. coli.
• Cargill Meat Solutions recalls 845,000 pounds of ground beef due to the presence of E. coli.
• Aliki Foods, Inc. recalls over 70,000 pounds of chicken and pasta due to the presence of Listeria.
• J & B Meats Corporation recalls over 173,000 pounds of ground due to the presence of E. coli.

Apparently, what August giveth, October taketh away.

Beyond the immense consumer risk, it’s worthing noting the huge waste of animal life, the cost of production, the cost of recall, and the long term expense of ill-will earned by the companies recalling their meat. Note too, the variety of producers shipping out bad meat. This is an industry wide failure, underwritten by higher meat prices to the consumer.

It’s all part of why your price per pound is in no danger of recall.

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6 Responses to “Meat by the Month”

  1. Well, I guess that one of two things can be blamed for Bush’s lax FDA policies:

    1- God told Bush not to worry about bad meat- it helps weed out the non-believer s

    or

    2-Can’t afford to bomb the middle east AND make sure out food sources are free of disease causing agents.

    Either way, this is just another mark against Bush and offers further proof that he really doesn’t give a shit about people.

  2. Damn, that took my appetite away.

  3. Yeah. Makes you wonder just what’s going into the grind, Dusty. How do you spoil 21 million pounds of meat? Intestines come to mind…

    Interesting that poultry, which is so prone to spoilage, is underepresen ted here. They’re doing something right. Tyson isn’t messing up their chicken, just the burger.

  4. Why liberals even worry about the holidays where the evil Europeans(yo ur ancestors) came here and killed off the native Americans.
    What do they have to give thanks for anyway?
    So actually because only neocons celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving then they would be the only ones eating the meat anyway.

  5. I dunno, Peter, I know an awful lot of Liberals who celebrate holidays, and would prefer to do so without contracting e-coli. As for the rest of that tripe, keep smoking.

  6. I’m going to bookmark this post for my future grocery shopping adventures… As soon as the loan to do so is approved. I have to ask ya Jet, is August the only safe time to buy meat products??? LOL!

    Great POST!!!

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