About that ginormous beef recall

Bonnie at Ethicurean blog has a great analysis post up about that 143-million-pound beef recall issued yesterday:
It’s rather unusual to get an email about an update from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on midday Sunday of a holiday weekend. It’s also rather unusual to go to the USDA’s open cases website and find only a link to a PDF of the recall notice, rather than information posted online. How surprising then to learn from this low-profile PDF that the USDA’s largest-ever recall is now under way – "approximately 143,383,823 pounds" (give or take a few ounces?) of raw and frozen beef products from the disgraced Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. in Chino, California. That’s almost half the amount of beef and poultry recalled since 1994 in the United States, although I am not sure where it will go on Marc’s chart.
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