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the USDA directive says, “unless the supplier chooses to release the information to the public.”
A recent IBP press release, announcing the recall of more than a quarter of a million pounds of ground beef possibly tainted with E. coli
0157:H7, suggests that the industry’s needs and those of consumers are not always the same. “In an abundance of caution, IBP is conducting
this voluntary recall,” the release said on June 23, 2000, implying that the move had been prompted mainly by a spirit of corporate
generosity and good will. Hamburger meat potentially contaminated with the lethal pathogen had been shipped to wholesalers, distributors,
and grocery stores in twenty-five states. At times, the press release reads more like an advertisement for IBP than an urgent health warning. It
devotes more space to a description of the company’s food safety program — with its “Triple Clean” slaughterhouse system and its
“approved and accredited laboratories”— than to the details of how IBP managed to distribute nationwide enough suspect meat to make at
least a million life-threatening hamburgers. Nowhere does the pr...
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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