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Unformatted text preview: ator. Gramm is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his wife, Wendy Lee, sits on the board of IBP.
The meatpacking industry’s allies in Congress worked hard in the 1990s to thwart modernization of the nation’s meat inspection system. A
great deal of effort was spent denying the federal government any authority to recall contaminated meat or impose civil fines on firms that
knowingly ship contaminated products. Under current law, the USDA cannot demand a recall. It can only consult with a company that has
shipped bad meat and suggest that it withdraw the meat from interstate commerce. In extreme cases, the USDA can remove its inspectors
from a slaughterhouse or processing plant, for all intents and purposes shutting down the facility. That step is rarely taken, however — and
can be challenged by a meatpacker in federal court. In most cases, the USDA conducts negotiations with a meatpacking company over the
timing and the scale of a proposed recall. The company has a strong economic interest in withdrawing as little meat as possible from the
market (especially if the meat i...
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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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