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    Nationwide meat recall announced

    (CNN) -- Zemco Industries in Buffalo, New York, has recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.
    The products were distributed to Wal-Marts nationwide, according to the USDA's website.
    This is right on the heels of the egg recall, which begs the question: Do we continue with business as usual, or do we need more robust regulation when it comes to the processing of foods? Note that in both cases the companies have voluntarily pulled the product without the government ordering them to.

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    Re: Nationwide meat recall announced

    These companies just need better checks on their product is all. No need for the government to get involved.

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    Re: Nationwide meat recall announced

    Government has been slacking in its inspections for years now. The number of inspections has dropped DRASTICALLY in the past 10 years.

    More needs to be done, not less, and when it comes to health issues like this I do not favour "self-regulating industry". The government has to step in.

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    Re: Nationwide meat recall announced

    All industries are being alot more cautious given the government actions against Toyota and BP.

    No CEO wants to be called before Congress.

    I think that has alot to do with it.

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    Re: Nationwide meat recall announced

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Government has been slacking in its inspections for years now. The number of inspections has dropped DRASTICALLY in the past 10 years.

    More needs to be done, not less, and when it comes to health issues like this I do not favour "self-regulating industry". The government has to step in.
    Nah I think we should give the companies a chance to fix the problem themselves. In both cases the found it first and stopped it before the government had to step in. Let these companies themselves fix the problem.

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    Re: Nationwide meat recall announced

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Nah I think we should give the companies a chance to fix the problem themselves. In both cases the found it first and stopped it before the government had to step in. Let these companies themselves fix the problem.
    Obviously they are not fixing it themselves, given that there are multiple outbreaks and recalls PER YEAR now. The industry is slacking, and it has been the unwillingness to interfere with business that has caused the problem, and not the opposite.

    More regulation is needed, not to control their product, but in the genuine interest of public safety. With all of the anti-biotic use, resistant strains are now circulating among meat products. All the while, the industry keeps using the same antibiotics which are becoming less and less effective. These bacteria are strong and without proper sanitation and regular inspections, the bacteria can spread. The news won't call them superbugs but they are, increasingly.

    I know people are reluctant to let government expand, but in this case we must allow more inspections.

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    Re: Nationwide meat recall announced

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Obviously they are not fixing it themselves, given that there are multiple outbreaks and recalls PER YEAR now. The industry is slacking, and it has been the unwillingness to interfere with business that has caused the problem, and not the opposite.

    More regulation is needed, not to control their product, but in the genuine interest of public safety. With all of the anti-biotic use, resistant strains are now circulating among meat products. All the while, the industry keeps using the same antibiotics which are becoming less and less effective. These bacteria are strong and without proper sanitation and regular inspections, the bacteria can spread. The news won't call them superbugs but they are, increasingly.

    I know people are reluctant to let government expand, but in this case we must allow more inspections.
    Look nothing is going to come out perfect every time and the fact that these companies have caught the error themselves than I feel that we should allow them to fix the problem in house. Now if they never caught the problem and people got sick and died then OK maybe we do need more governmental regulations. But since they have been able to do this solo it just means they need more strict guidelines before food is sent out.

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    Re: Nationwide meat recall announced

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Nah I think we should give the companies a chance to fix the problem themselves. In both cases the found it first and stopped it before the government had to step in. Let these companies themselves fix the problem.
    the gov't found the problem, not the company.

    The meats may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which was discovered in a retail sample collected by inspectors in Georgia. The USDA has received no reports of illnesses associated with the meats.

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    Re: Nationwide meat recall announced

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Look nothing is going to come out perfect every time and the fact that these companies have caught the error themselves than I feel that we should allow them to fix the problem in house. Now if they never caught the problem and people got sick and died then OK maybe we do need more governmental regulations. But since they have been able to do this solo it just means they need more strict guidelines before food is sent out.
    As was just proven, they didn't catch the error themselves, government did... so my point stands. You cannot rely on 'self-regulating industry' to do anything in the greater good of the public.

    And I find it to be a sad line of reasoning when it's suggested that public interest shouldn't get involved until someone has died. The whole point of inspections is to prevent that from happening!

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    Re: Nationwide meat recall announced

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    As was just proven, they didn't catch the error themselves, government did... so my point stands. You cannot rely on 'self-regulating industry' to do anything in the greater good of the public.

    And I find it to be a sad line of reasoning when it's suggested that public interest shouldn't get involved until someone has died. The whole point of inspections is to prevent that from happening!
    OK good the government did it's job. We should still not allow the government to get involved in the business affairs of these companies. The companies will either raise to the challenge and fix their errors in checking food or they won't and probably get shut down from a lack of people buying from them. And I didn't say the public shouldn't be interested. Hell we should be active and not buy from these companies until they fix their ways. Our not buying from them will be more effective than the government interfering anyways. And I am also not against the inspections and what the government is doing now. I just don't think they need to get involved anymore.

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