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Check out this article from today's NY Times:
Ew. Ew ew ew. I really need to rethink our regular consumption of a large amount of supermarket meat.
|Over the last three and a half years, government inspectors have cited Shapiro hundreds of times for a variety of safety violations, according to reports written by inspectors stationed inside the Shapiro plant.|
Consumer activists obtained the inspection documents through the Freedom of Information Act.
According to the documents, inspectors repeatedly saw employees letting carcasses fall to the floor; "insects in the larval stage (maggots)" on floors; and black oil from machinery dripping onto meat.
The inspectors also reported several cases in which meat that had been condemned because of disease or contamination was not marked or clearly removed from production. On March 26, 2002, for example, an inspector asked a supervisor what had happened to cuts of meat condemned the previous day.
"Some of the meat was boxed yesterday and was shipped to the freezer," the supervisor replied. Inspectors tracked down the rejected meat in the freezer and again ordered the plant not to ship it, the inspection report reads.
But the reports that stand out for their frequency involve carcasses contaminated with cattle feces.
Inspectors found feces or ingesta (the contents of the stomach, which can also harbor pathogens) on carcasses on at least 23 days in 2001, according to the documents - once every 16 days on average. In the last five months of 2002, inspectors found fecal contamination about every 12 days.