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that meatpacking firms had sometimes been told in advance when USDA investigators would be arriving at SIS-C slaughterhouses. The
Monfort beef plant in Greeley, Colorado, was one of the original participants in the program. According to federal inspectors there, the meat
produced under the Streamlined Inspection System “had never been filthier.” At SIS-C slaughterhouses, visibly diseased animals — cattle
infected with measles and tapeworms, covered with abscesses — were being slaughtered. Poorly trained company inspectors were allowing
the shipment of beef contaminated with fecal material, hair, insects, metal shavings, urine, and vomit.
The Streamlined Inspection System for Cattle was discontinued in 1993, following the Jack in the Box outbreak. Cutbacks in federal
inspection seemed difficult to justify, when hundreds of children had been made seriously ill by tainted hamburgers. Although the precise
source of E. coli 0157:H7 contamination was never identified,...
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- Spring '08