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.
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
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.
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