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U.S. Department of Agriculture to List Retail Stores Selling Tainted Meat
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Earlier this month, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer announced that beginning in August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin publicly identifying retail stores that received meat and poultry products involved in Class I recalls. The USDA defines Class I recalls as involving "a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that eating the food will cause health problems or death." 

According to Schafer, "the identity of retail stores with recalled meat and poultry from their suppliers has always been a missing piece of information for the public during a recall," said Schafer. "People want to know if they need to be on the lookout for recalled meat and poultry [at] their local store and by providing lists of retail outlets during recalls, USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service will improve public health protection by better informing consumers."

The list of retail stores that received products subject to Class I recalls will be listed on the website of the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), generally within three to ten business days after the recall was issued. The website offers summary data on open and active recall cases.

Read the full release here.

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