More details have arisen concerning the beef recall that includes a year's worth of meat. The recall began in February and since then information has been spilling out on what exactly transpired. The beef was shipped out January 1st, 2013 through January 7th, 2014 and mostly consisted of beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, cheeks, tripe, tongue and veal bones. 35 states and 8.7 million pounds of beef have been affected by the recall.
The Rancho Feeding Corporation, based in Petaluma, California, is to blame is to blame since they “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection", according to the USDA.
The processing company hid evidence of cows "affected with epithelioma of the eye (eye cancer)", by using a fake USDA stamp and trimming off diseased parts. But more than that, CNN reported that e-mails show USDA inspector Lynnette Thompson had a personal relationship with a plant foreman:
"He said he went to her trailer three different times and they were intimate," according to the email. "She also sent him a picture of her naked back side in a tanning salon to his cellphone."
The assistant manager attached texts to the email he said were from Thompson to the foreman.
"I need a kiss later," Thompson wrote.
"Me to (sic)," he responded.
In another text, Thompson seems worried about the relationship being exposed. "Play dumb please 4 my kids delete every thing k (sic)."
Consumers should watch out for contamination in all kinds of beef products. The San Francisco Gate reported that included in the recall is Krave Jerky's Garlic Chili Pepper Beef Jerky. The 3.25-ounce meat may be a small part of the millions of pounds of beef affected by the recall, but it's still dangerous enough to be included.
— SFGate.com (@SFGate) March 18, 2014
So be careful when buying meat, especially when details like these are just starting to make headlines.
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