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Unformatted text preview: s difficult to trace) and in limiting publicity about the recall. And every day the USDA and the company
spend discussing the subject is one more day in which Americans risk eating contaminated meat.
The Hudson Foods outbreak revealed many of the flaws in the current USDA policies on recall. Officials at Hudson Foods were informed
late in July of 1997 that its frozen hamburger patties had infected Lee Harding with E. coli 0157:H7. Because Harding had saved the box,
Hudson Foods knew the exact lot number and production code of the tainted meat. The company made no effort to warn the public or to
recall the frozen patties for another three weeks, until the USDA found a second box of Hudson Foods patties contaminated with E. coli
0157:H7. On August 12 the company announced that it was voluntarily recalling 20,000 pounds of ground beef, an amount determined
through negotiations with the USDA. The recall seemed surprisingly small, considering that the Hudson Foods plant in Columbus, Nebraska,
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