Friday, August 05, 2011

Recall of the Week: Cargill Ground Turkey

From the USDA Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection service website Wednesday:
Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, a Springdale, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Here's some perspective: 36 million pounds is 18,000 tons of meat. That's about 2,800 elephants. Imagine how many people that would feed.

I just heard someone on NPR say that feeding low-levels of antibiotics to animals ensures the best quality of meat for the best prices. If that's true, then why is so much of it being recalled?

If there is anyone out there who is still surprised by these super-large recalls, then I have little hope that anything will change.

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