Restaurants Keep Their Recalled Meat and Markets Do Not

By: Adamant Valves  04/25/2014
Keywords: Ball Valves, Butterfly Valves, Sanitary Valves

The U.S Department of Agriculture does not recognize restaurants as retailers of recalled meat. This seems to be the case since restaurants do not appear on the list of retailers with regard to the Rancho Feeding Corporation beef recall. The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, CA said that a lot of the beef involved in that recall actually ended up on consumers’ plates via restaurants.

The USDA has indeed been publishing lists of retailers whenever they publish recall notices since 2008 but none of these lists included restaurants as establishments carrying recalled products. It might not be an unknown fact but it caused quite a stir among the food safety community and questions were asked.

When the consignee lists started being published by the agency for the purpose of recalls the Under Secretary for Food Safety was Dr. Richard Raymond. He said that the initial law would have had restaurants included on the list but the changes came in the final draft from the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The regulations actually say that the USDA does not believe that publicly pointing out restaurants that gave recalled meat would shield the consumers that choose to eat out. The reason behind this is that the recall would most probably occur after they had already eaten out. Any meat distributors are, by law, not supposed to distribute any meat once a recall is made meaning it should not get to restaurants. The rules so not recognize restaurants as retail outlets.

Bill Marler, a food safety attorney said that his assumption was that grocery stores and restaurants were taken as equals during a recall. He continued to say that he could not understand why FSIS were willing to identify stores with contaminated products but not restaurants with the same.

CEO of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention, Barbara Kowalcyk, said that it was “less than ideal” since most food-related outbreaks whose source is known are related with food consumed outside homes. Statistics from CDC show that between 1998 and 2008, 68 percent of all outbreaks whose sources were identified were linked to restaurants, 9 percent from home-cooked meals and 7 percent from catered events.

The intention of the list was to prevent illness by getting items off shelves and out of homes as opposed to identifying those that got sick as a result, Christopher Waldrop said. He added that having restaurants on the list would help in reporting an outbreak

Kowalcyk however said that if recalled items were still in people’s homes then the likelihood of it being mishandled in restaurants was just as high.

About Adamant Valves.

Founded in 2002, Adamant Valves, as a global and valves supplier, has grown to become one of the leading valves manufacturers for high precision stainless steel sanitary valves, pumps and pipe fittings. Adamant Valves uses advanced numerical control machine tools, processing and testing facilities to ensure that our products will meet your expectations for reliable performance and quality.

Keywords: Ball Valves, Butterfly Valves, Sanitary Valves

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