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Unformatted text preview: outside (non-IBP) carcass sale.” The dirtiest meat was to be shipped out and sold for public consumption — but not
with an IBP label on it.
Instead of focusing on the primary causes of meat contamination — the feed being given to cattle, the overcrowding at feedlots, the poor
sanitation at slaughterhouses, excessive line speeds, poorly trained workers, the lack of stringent government oversight — the meatpacking
industry and the USDA are now advocating an exotic technological solution to the problem of foodborne pathogens. They want to irradiate
the nation’s meat. Irradiation is a form of bacterial birth control, pioneered in the 1960s by the U.S. Army and by NASA. When
microorganisms are zapped with low levels of gamma rays or x-rays, they are not killed, but their DNA is disrupted, and they cannot
reproduce. Irradiation has been used for years on some imported spices and domestic poultry. Most irradiating facilities have concrete walls
that are six feet thick, employing cobalt 60 or cesium 137 (a waste product from nuclear weapons plan...
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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.
- Spring '08