NicholasWhitfield29January 2018Dr.BattFood Recall Assignment In 2008, The Agriculture Department implementedthe largest meat recall in the company’s history. One hundred and forty-threemillion pounds of beef were recalled in the state of California due to the meetbeing unsuitable for consumers to digest.
This was very detrimental in oursociety because many people consumed this meat without the knowledge of itbeing hazardous. The recall was called shortly after a video was releasedinside the company that captured Hallmark employees abusing injured cattle bykicking the cows, jabbing them in the eyes and shooting water up their noses(Pifer). Many damages occurred as a result of the recall including almost 150school districts and Jack in the Box and In-N-Out announcing they would nolonger use Hallmark beef products (Brown). The recall resulted in an associatedcost being the loss of multiple retailers who purchase their beef products.
This could be very harmful to a business in the long term because they willlose buyers. If the recall was not initiated, then many people would havebecome extremely sick or even killed due to the contaminated beef from the sickcows. The recall did not pertain to packaging because the beef originated from cowsthat were sick and injured that were used for the food supply. One of the largest egg recalls occurredin August of 2010 when Wright County Egg of Galt in Iowa, recalled severalshell eggs.
This farm produces more than 50 million laying hens and is said tobe the number –one egg producing state in the world. Illnesses were traced back to DeCoster Eggs,the owner of Wright county Egg, and the U.S. FDA tested positive for strains ofsalmonella. Our society was affected greatly due to many people consuming eggsfor breakfast most days as they start their day.
This recall was found in many scenariosincluding feed being provided to young hens and older hens raised in thefacilities and also a positive sample of salmonella was collected from an eggwater wash that was used in a packaging facility at Hillandale Farms (Robinson).The damages and cost associated with the recall includes people becoming illdue to the eggs and potentially never buying eggs from this company again. Alsosince this business distributed to over 14 states, a loss in retailers that buytheir eggs for grocery stores and food services. If the recall was not initiated,then a mass spread of salmonella could have occurred and also a lawsuit againstWright County Egg of Galt because of the amount of sickness and deaths causedby their eggs. This recall was not packaging related because salmonella wastested positive in the feed and also in the water used in the packagingfacility.
In 2006, Natural Selection Foodsreleased a nationwide recall of spinach produced at one of their company’s inCalifornia. The FDA confirmed over 205 E. Coli illnesses due to the spinachrecall. The outbreak was linked to bagged baby spinach that spread in 26 statesin which Wisconsin had the most illnesses reported (Flynn). Spinach is verypopular with individuals wanting to stay healthy, therefore this recall wasdetrimental to our society because many people use spinach in meals and also proteinshakes after a workout. The reason for the contamination was traced back tocattle fields nearby the spinach fields, and also from a wild boar that was killedin one of the fields nearby as well. The damages included people becoming verysick when eating baby spinach from this producer and also a loss in sales frompeople refusing to by their products. The associated costs included stricterregulations and a $350-million-dollar loss including sales (Rodburn).
If the recallwas not initiated, then more individuals would have become ill or even losttheir lives due to E. Coli. The recall was not packaging related because thecontamination was traced before the spinach was packaged in bags.
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