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Just in Time for the 4th of July Weekend Another Warning About the Meat We Eat – NPR Interview of Marler

Health officials with The Atlanta based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say at least twelve people have been hospitalized in connection with a possible E. coli outbreak in beef. WGPB’s John Sepulvado reports some three hundred eighty thousand pounds (actually 420,000) of beef have been recalled in connection to the outbreak:

Colorado’s JBS Swift Beef Company processed the suspect meat in April, and the recall began last week. While many national grocery chains have begun pulling meat from the shelves, some stores and vendors that sell JBS products have not been identified publicly. Food safety advocates, like Seattle based attorney Bill Marler, are urging federal authorities to reveal those vendors as the July 4th holiday approaches.

We know that this meat has gone to every state and internationally, we know it has sickened at least twenty three people in nine states, we as the public have an absolute right to know where this meat went.

Marler represents two men (actually kids) who suffered kidney failure (HUS) after eating the meat. Federal officials have ten days from the date of the recall to compile a list of all the vendors—meaning by law, that list must be finished by July 3rd.

  • John Munsell

    One advantage of publishing names of facilities which legally and inadverantly purchased meat impacted by this recall is that if the desination facility is large enough (e.g. WalMart, Costco, Safeway), the company may be large enough to read the riot act to its source slaughter provider, threaten to discontinue purchasing from them, and/or might demand effective corrective actions by their suppliers to prevent recurrences. Small destination facilities are totally powerless to place pressure against their source slaughter providers. My guess is that if WalMart, for example, was forced to pull impacted meat from its shelves, invest personnel time to administer appropriate administrative control, and face a plethora of irrate customers, Walmart (or other large destination facilities) would place pressure on its suppliers. After all, they are merely innocent victims in this conundrum. John Munsell