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Unformatted text preview: upreme Beef responded the next day by suing the USDA in federal court, claiming that Salmonella was a natural organism, not an
adulterant. With backing from the National Meat Association, Supreme Beef challenged the legality of the USDA’s science-based testing
system and contended that the government had no right to remove inspectors from the plant. A. Joe Fish, a federal judge in Texas, heard
Supreme Beef’s arguments and immediately ordered USDA inspectors back into the plant, pending final resolution of the lawsuit. The plant
shutdown — the first ever attempted under the USDA’s new science-based system — lasted less than one day. A few weeks later, USDA
inspectors detected E. coli 0157:H7 in a sample of meat from the Supreme Beef plant, and the company voluntarily recalled 180,000 pounds
of ground beef that had been shipped to eight states. Nevertheless, just six weeks after that recall, the USDA resumed its purchases from
Supreme Beef, once again allowing the company to supply ground beef for the nation’s schools...
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- Spring '08