Why The USDA Isn’t Recalling Salmonella-Contaminated Chicken That’s Sickening Hundreds

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/11/2770331/salmonella-usda-regulation-fail/

Engeljohn pointed to a federal court decision in 2001 that crippled the USDA’s ability to take meaningful action against meat processors that violate food safety standards. The notoriously conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the USDA did not have the authority to shut down Supreme Beef, a meat processing plant that repeatedly flunked tests for salmonella contamination.

…and later:

Foster Farms’ official statement asks consumers to see their tainted chicken as a learning experience: “The alert that regulators issued based on illnesses over the past seven months emphasizes the need to fully cook and properly handle raw poultry.”

Salmonella Chicken

Image source and full article: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/11/2770331/salmonella-usda-regulation-fail/

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