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serious and potentially lethal threat. The USDA now informs the public about every Class I recall, but will not reveal exactly where
contaminated meat is being sold (unless it is being distributed under a brand name at a retail store). State health officials have attacked the
USDA policy, arguing that it makes outbreaks much more difficult to trace and puts victims of food poisoning at much greater risk. Someone
infected with E. coli 0157:H7, unsure about what has caused his or her symptoms and unaware of a local outbreak, may take over-thecounter medications that make the illness much worse.
Both the USDA and the meatpacking industry argue that details about where a company has distributed its meat must not be revealed in
order to protect the firm’s “trade secrets.” In February of 1999, when IBP recalled 10,000 pounds of ground beef laced with small pieces of
glass, the company would disclose only that the meat had been shipped to store...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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