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E. coli Republicans poison our meat supply

Through the magic of the unregulated marketplace:

A meat supplier has greatly expanded a ground beef recall, which now includes about 5.7 million pounds of fresh and frozen meat that may be contaminated with E. coli.

Goldman said that none of the latest batch of suspect beef is in stores now because the product would be well past its expiration date, but consumers may still have some of the meat at home.

"It is important for consumers to look in their freezers," Goldman said.

Wow, just in time for the summer grilling season, too!

So run, don't walk, to the nearest, er, phone:

he affected grocery stores included Albertson's, Basha's, Grocery Outlet, Fry's, "R" Ranch Markets, Save-A-Lot, Save-Mart, Scolari's Wholesale Markets, Smart and Final, Smith's, Stater Bros. and Superior Warehouse.

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause stomach cramps and diarrhea that may turn bloody. E. coli can sometimes lead to complications including kidney failure.

Customers with questions about the recall can call United Food Group's hot line at 1-800-325-4164.

I've got questions about a lot more than the recall, but somehow I don't think United's call centers are going to have the answers...

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Let's be clear about this. The E coli come from poor slaughter house practices - the shit is getting on and into the meat. The massive recall tells us that there is a massive failure to operate the factory slaughter houses with sanitation that meets even minimal standards. This isn't hard; people have known how to do this since the invention of stone tools.

Those managing the meat supply for those stores show that they do not care enough to make it healthy. They know or ought to know that it's not ok, and they operate that way anyway. This goes for the managers of the slaughter houses, and the buyers for the grocery chains, as well as those responsible for lax inspections. We vote every couple of years on the basis of a complex of issues, agricultural inspections being only one of these. However, my household shops every week. We "vote" with our dollars about what sort of food we want. I'ld like better inspections as part of the political package I will vote for in 2008. In the meantime, I heed the advice I got from one of my Jewish employees years ago, "Remember, bugs and shit aren't Kosher."

They're recalling it, aren't they?

In a really unregulated marketplace, they'd never have to recall it at all. All they'd need to do is pass a few bucks under the table. Much better for profits.