So, apparently USDA Inspected doesn’t actually mean anything

July 25, 2007 19:27 – 19:27

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL

FSIS-RC-035-2007 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2007 – Custom Pack, Inc., a Hastings, Neb., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 5,920 pounds of ground beef and buffalo products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

Each package also bears the establishment number “Est. 5650” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Um. Excuse me? If the meat “may be contaminated with E. coli”, then how did it manage to have a USDA “mark of inspection”? Isn’t the USDA mark of inspection supposed to indicate that the food has been, well, inspected?

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