Tuesday, August 05, 2003

GAP blows the whistle [pdf] on the USDA:
The key findings of the investigative report include:

The American public's exposure to E. coli o157:H7 began at least two years before ConAgra's tainted meat recall in June of 2002.

The USDA's records system is fundamentally flawed and is designed to avoid knowing the source of tainted beef.

ConAgra slickly took advantage of the government's noninterference policy of "Don't Look, Don't Tell."

The USDA engages in persistent, ugly retaliation against anyone who attempted to expose its dereliction of duty: To inform the public of tainted meat coming into the stream of commerce. The USDA aided and abetted ConAgra in blaming its problems on a small, family-owned meat processor in Montana

A regulatory double standard has comprised the integrity of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety program. HACCP was designed as an early warning system on finding deadly contaminants in food. The USDA used HACCP to protect ConAgra, not the consumer.

The facts demonstrating ConAgra's strong-arm tactics against a small producer perpetuate a longstanding USDA pattern where the messenger is blamed and chosen as the fall guy.

Meanwhile another E. Coli recall, while FSIS wastes time worrying about terrorists.

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