Two large-scale industrial food scares within the past week have me thankful my household subsists almost exclusively on wild game. Last week, PFP Enterprises, a Texas-based meatpacker, announced the recall of more than 15,000 pounds of beef that could be contaminated with up six different strains of E. coli.
If that’s not enough to make you think twice about picking up a shrink-wrapped Styrofoam tray of meat at the local Kroger, consider this USDA announcement released Saturday:
“Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 8,742,700 pounds, because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection. Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.“
According to the Huffington Post:
“_That’s just over a year’s worth of meat products processed by Rancho Feeding Corp., which has been under scrutiny by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency said that without full inspection, the recalled products are unfit for human consumption.
The products were processed from Jan. 1, 2013, through Jan. 7, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. They include beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, cheeks, tripe, tongue and veal bones.
Last month the company recalled more than 40,000 pounds of meat products produced on Jan. 8 that also didn’t undergo a full inspection._”
Think about that: A year’s supply of beef deemed unfit for human consumption. More and more, buying meat at a grocery store resembles a game of Russian roulette. Why put your health, and life, in the hands of corporations that obviously have little concern for their customers when you could be sourcing fresh, delicious meat yourself by going hunting.