There's a reason why "hot pocket" is also a slang term for (how can I state this delicately?) a freshly fouled diaper?
It's Larry the Cable Guy's fault !!
Well don't know about the recalls being cheap... (the fines are- a joke ) BUT one big recall and you're bankrupt... besides the lost product and its cost.. you get dozens or 100s of lawsuits !! Legal bills will kill you !!
I know several small processors went belly up due to recalls of Listeria contamination... and then there's the E. coli which kills kids and Srs... recalls can be deadly for a company ! Big ones will recover and hike costs IF they can... for small ones - it's the end of the road baby !!
If they're supplying meat to that many schools they aren't exactly a Mom & Pop outfit.
...but from reading the links the recall wasn't done because people had gotten sick.. ..the recall was due to getting caught "abusing cows". Using "Downer Cows" is not an uncommon practice. There are too many cows that can't walk to the slaughter chute for one reason or another... even having gotten a leg broken during transport... however what they neglected to do was have the cows medically certified by a veterinarian as fit for human consumption... an important and necessary detail.
btw I almost bought a bunch of Hot Pockets recently. In the middle of the move I keep mentioning I went shopping for heat n' eat dinner items and HotPockets were ridiculously cheap... ...glad to say, even I wouldn't eat that slop.
I recall a couple of calves we had that had been injured either at birth or later, but went ahead and been fed out. As I recall, we held them back and kept them longer to fatten them up then we butchered them our selves. The meat was fine. One of those calves was born during a snow storm and had his foot frozen before we found him. We bundled him up and brought him into our enclosed porch to warm up. He still was crippled but his life was saved,. Well for a while.
Some animals are injured during transport but are deemed fine for slaughter . Others , I'm sure, may be sick and that is where the problem lies.
Having an animal not sold constitutes a substantial loss so decisions must be made on each animal
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
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