Unformatted text preview: uce as much as 400,000 pounds of ground beef in a single shift — and that tainted patties had been manufactured, according to
the product codes on their boxes, on at least three separate days in June. As food safety advocates and reporters began to question the size of the recall, it started to expand, reaching 40,000 pounds on August 13, 1.5 million pounds on August 15, and 25 million pounds on August
21. The recall eventually extended to 35 million pounds of ground beef, most of which had already been eaten.
The USDA had not only been forced to negotiate the Hudson Foods recall, it had to rely on company officials for information about how
much meat needed to be recalled. Two of those officials suggested that just a few small lots of ground beef might have been contaminated. In
reality, Hudson Foods had for months been using “rework” — ground beef left over from the previous day of production — as part of its
routine processing supply. It had shipped hamburger meat potentially contaminated with the same strain of E. coli 0157:H7 from at least
May of 1997 until the third week of August, when the company volunt...
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