"WASHINGTON, August 3, 2011 - 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."According to Bill Marler, this is the largest Class I recall on record. A Class I recall, he notes, is defined by USDA/FSIS as:
- USDA/FSIS: Arkansas Firm Recalls Ground Turkey Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
"This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."How did we get to a place where:
- Millions of people are made ill by contaminated food? (In this case, the CDC reports 77 illnesses and one death. The number of actual illnesses is likely higher.)
- Hundreds of thousands of birds are brought into the world for food, raised in abhorrent conditions, only to be thrown away?
"FSIS is paralyzed with fear of litigation, if the agency were bold and stupid enough to tell one of the major packers (many are multinational) that they must implement corrective actions or face withdrawal of the agency's inspection team. The major packers have deep pockets (enabling legal threats), and enjoy political clout via campaign contributions."I'm sorry to say I believe him.
- John Munsell's comment on: USDA Should Immediately Grant CSPI's Petition On Salmonella Heidelberg, Salmonella Newport, Salmonella Hadar, And Salmonella Typhimurium
"Fans blow cooling air onto cages of live turkeys at the Cargill turkey processing plant in Springdale, Ark., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011."