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Unformatted text preview: ess release mention, for example, that the E. coli 0157:H7 in IBP’s ground
beef was first detected not by one of the firm’s own accredited laboratories, not by employees at the Geneseo, Illinois, IBP plant where the
meat was produced, not by USDA inspectors — but by investigators from the Arkansas Department of Health, who found the pathogen in a
package of IBP ground beef at Tiger Harry’s restaurant in El Dorado, Arkansas. Thirty-six people who’d recently eaten at Tiger Harry’s had
been sickened by E. coli 0157:H7. Despite the discovery of tainted ground beef in the restaurant freezer, the Arkansas Department of Health
could not conclusively link IBP meat to the El Dorado E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak. “There have been no illnesses associated with this product,”
the company’s press release brashly asserted. IBP’s voluntary recall was issued about six weeks after the ground beef’s production date. By
then, almost all of the questionable meat had been eaten.
In the aftermath of the Jack in the Box outbreak, the Clinton administration backed legislation to provide the USDA with the authority to
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- Spring '08