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Perhaps the FSIS Inspectors just didn’t have the stomach for it?

So, really, who would even want to inspect Tripe, Feet and Uteri?

20090728-nastybits-tripe2.jpg528625_d00bfd4facd4f491785797605e1669f2.jpgFSIS announced today that JAA Meat Products Corporation, a Maywood, Calif. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of meat and poultry products because they may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection. 

30-pound and 22-pound cases of the following products produced between January 11, 2011, and February 8, 2012:

  • 13_uterus.jpg“AA Scalded Beef Omasum Tripe”
  • “AA Honeycomb Beef Tripe”
  • “AA Scalded Beef Tripe Menudo De Vovino”
  • “AA Beef Omasum Tripe”
  • “AA Beef Tripe”

duck-feet-raw-dog-food-197746_184x184.jpg10-pound bags of the following products produced between April 7, 2011, and February 8, 2012:

  • Chicken feet
  • Duck feet
  • Pork uteri
  • Trope, feet, uteri?
    Yummy!
    :)

  • Christian Vogl

    Certainly not products that we might immediately think about, but what I find particularly disturbing is the fact that the facility could pack numerous products, really a fair bit of business, without any inspection. Inspectors are in plant – Did the inspectors not understand the operation, products and flow, or just a general lack of understanding of the business of the factory?

  • Mrs. Mudder

    Hey Bill,
    Just a comment on FSIS. They are NOT to be using their attitude about WHAT they inspect. They are to INSPECT what is in front of thier eyes and do the right thing and pass OR STAMP OUT product. They should have the courage to do the right judgement!!
    Thanks.
    Mrs. Mudder

  • I meant it “tongue” in cheek.

  • Minkpuppy

    I had posted a comment last night but it seems to have disappeared. Hmmmm. I didn’t think it was that controversial, Bill. Although, I probably did run my mouth a bit too much so thanks for saving my hide if that’s what happened. :-)

    This may be a plant that doesn’t operate daily or maybe only operates a few times a month or maybe even only a few weeks out of the year. It’s up to a frequently inactive establishment to notify FSIS when they plan to start producing again, what the work schedule will be and about any required overtime. Whatever the reason (and there’s a lot), FSIS wasn’t notified that this plant was operating during the affected time period. This means the inspector wasn’t sent to the plant because the plant wasn’t supposed to be working.

    Sometimes failure to notify the agency is deliberate, sometimes not. If it was a simple miscommunication the inspector can usually retain the product at the plant before it ships. I’m guessing that’s not what happened here so a recall had to happen. Can’t take the chance even though the tripe etc was probably inspected at least once at the slaughter plant. When the product is cut up and repackaged, it has to be done in a sanitary manner and under sanitary conditions to ensure it’s not contaminated during handling.

    I’m still trying to figure out who the heck eats pork uteri–I’ve only ever seen them sent to pet food and pharmaceutical companies.

  • joe

    Bill, the inspectors have the stomach for lt ,the problem is plants can not be trusted to do the right thing. This is a perfect example of why the New Modernzation of Poultry will not work. Plant employees will not inspect poultry as it should be inspected.Beware american consumers.