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The New York Times reports that US Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials concede “that they could have responded more promptly in ordering a recall of millions of pounds of potentially contaminated ground beef sold by a company in New Jersey. As a result, they said, the agency will review how it handles recalls and conduct a wide-ranging assessment of how meat plants safeguard against bacterial contamination.”

According to the Times, “The delay, caused in part by the need for additional testing, has once again raised questions about the nation’s meat supply, which in recent years seemed to have far fewer problems with E. coli than produce, as a result of increased attention to the issue.”
KC's View:
It’ll be interesting to see how consumer confidence in the food supply ranks in a month or so. Because it can't be getting any better…and I suspect that things actually are getting worse.