Recalled Foods Part of Recent Beef Recall

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The 143 million pounds of beef from a California slaughterhouse didn't just go to our nation's schools and fast-food restaurants. Grocers are saying the recalled meat went into soups, sauces and other products. This has alarmed many people and could end up costing the food industry millions of dollars.

The Wall Street Journal reports many food companies are becoming frustrated with the government's handling of what is considered the largest meat recall in history. Large food distributors like Wal-mart, Costco, and Advance Food Co., have pulled the meat from their shelves. Wal-Mart has directed its stores to destroy all of the affected meat products.

Burger King Corporation said Monday that hamburger patties already shipped to some of its restaurants might contain some of the meat from the packing plant. Burger King has ordered all of the products to be withdrawn and destroyed.

Retailers:  Food Being Wasted

However, some retailers are saying the recall is leading to massive amounts of food being wasted and confusing consumers about the safety of the meat supply.

"The food's safe," Craig Wilson, assistant vice president of food safety and quality assurance at Costco told The Wall Street Journal. "We're going to recall all this food and destroy it. This is morally and ethically wrong." He said Costco hasn't yet destroyed the beef it has removed from shelves with the hope that regulators may allow it to be sold.

The USDA's original recall notice did not mention the retail stores that may have sold the meat. The Consumer's Union and other consumer advocates have called on Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer to make the information available to the public.

However, the National Meat Association says the recall wasn't necessary and people are over reacting. One of the expert from the association testified before California lawmakers on Monday. She said she doesn't think the meat was bad.

Sources: Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post.

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