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USDA admits skipped meat plant checks for 30 years

Somehow I missed the part where someone is getting "in trouble" for this!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070329/us_nm/usa_meat_usda_dc

What's the point of even having a law if it's never enforced?  >:(

I think it's a matter of legally requiring funding levels adequate to staff the program.  What I see in a lot of agencies is critically low staffing levels because the money from the permits goes to the state or federal level, instead of the field office level where the inspectors are located.

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I wish it were funding problems... that sounds nice and would be easy to fix, no?
I think it has more to do with politics and execs... that's why no one is "in trouble" ... they are on the same team!

Good article from goveg http://www.goveg.com/government_forsale.asp

"...elected and appointed officials who do the bidding of the farmed-animal industries are frequently rewarded with cushy industry jobs once their terms in office end. As a result of this “revolving door” between the government and the meat industry, it’s not surprising that many top officials in government agencies have previously worked for the very industries that they’ve been assigned to monitor."

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Agreed.  No one getting into trouble definitely sounds like politics.  I hope there's some accountability so the situation will be adequately addressed.

I guess my first response was more about the inspections themselves.  An agency (not meat inspectors) by where I live has two inspectors for 1700 permits.  The inspectors not only do inspections, but run the program with the associated paperwork.  I think that's how it probably is for a lot of offices.

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After learning about the meat-packing facilities in the early 1900's in history class i've never been more happy that i was a vegan. You think that people would like to know what is in their food. The whole government issue is not shocking.

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i think that article did me in for eating meat, dairy and eggs. i was finishing up a caesar chicken salad my mom bought from mc donalds last nite when i read this article and it will be my last bit of meat, if we are out then it will be vegetaian (or as close as i can get b/c i know some places around here dont really have anything vegetarian or vegan wise). thanks for the article dave. lol, earlier we went to a rootbeer stand and in a suv there was 2 dogs in it, the one that was chow got some ice cream as they were pulling away. b/c of that i miss my old dog teddy bear (part chow part german shepard).

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i think that article did me in for eating meat, dairy and eggs. i was finishing up a caesar chicken salad my mom bought from mc donalds last nite when i read this article and it will be my last bit of meat, if we are out then it will be vegetaian (or as close as i can get b/c i know some places around here dont really have anything vegetarian or vegan wise). thanks for the article dave. lol, earlier we went to a rootbeer stand and in a suv there was 2 dogs in it, the one that was chow got some ice cream as they were pulling away. b/c of that i miss my old dog teddy bear (part chow part german shepard).

Well, I hope it is your last bite of meat! That is great to hear, so good luck! I live in a place where it is hard to be a veggie or vegan, but it can be done. There is always something to eat. Just try to stay away from Mickey D's....don't even go in there to use the bathroom if at all possible! :D

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lol, i used to work at the store she got it from. if they havent changed the rules since i was there 4 yrs ago then i dont want a large juice. yeck, that machine needed a good cleaning that i couldnt do with paper towels. if the teens helped with preclose they didnt do it right so i ended up doing it even after we were closed. i was one of  the closers for front counter. i loved it when i was in the hole (first window) b/c i could read books to pass the time.

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