Food Recall Assignment
In 2008, The Agriculture Department implemented
the largest meat recall in the company’s history. One hundred and forty-three
million pounds of beef were recalled in the state of California due to the meet
being unsuitable for consumers to digest. This was very detrimental in our
society because many people consumed this meat without the knowledge of it
being hazardous. The recall was called shortly after a video was released
inside the company that captured Hallmark employees abusing injured cattle by
kicking 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 150
school districts and Jack in the Box and In-N-Out announcing they would no
longer use Hallmark beef products (Brown). The recall resulted in an associated
cost 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 will
lose buyers. If the recall was not initiated, then many people would have
become extremely sick or even killed due to the contaminated beef from the sick
cows. The recall did not pertain to packaging because the beef originated from cows
that were sick and injured that were used for the food supply.
One of the largest egg recalls occurred
in August of 2010 when Wright County Egg of Galt in Iowa, recalled several
shell eggs. This farm produces more than 50 million laying hens and is said to
be 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 of
salmonella. Our society was affected greatly due to many people consuming eggs
for breakfast most days as they start their day. This recall was found in many scenarios
including feed being provided to young hens and older hens raised in the
facilities and also a positive sample of salmonella was collected from an egg
water wash that was used in a packaging facility at Hillandale Farms (Robinson).
The damages and cost associated with the recall includes people becoming ill
due to the eggs and potentially never buying eggs from this company again. Also
since this business distributed to over 14 states, a loss in retailers that buy
their 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 against
Wright County Egg of Galt because of the amount of sickness and deaths caused
by their eggs. This recall was not packaging related because salmonella was
tested positive in the feed and also in the water used in the packaging
In 2006, Natural Selection Foods
released a nationwide recall of spinach produced at one of their company’s in
California. The FDA confirmed over 205 E. Coli illnesses due to the spinach
recall. The outbreak was linked to bagged baby spinach that spread in 26 states
in which Wisconsin had the most illnesses reported (Flynn). Spinach is very
popular with individuals wanting to stay healthy, therefore this recall was
detrimental to our society because many people use spinach in meals and also protein
shakes after a workout. The reason for the contamination was traced back to
cattle fields nearby the spinach fields, and also from a wild boar that was killed
in one of the fields nearby as well. The damages included people becoming very
sick when eating baby spinach from this producer and also a loss in sales from
people refusing to by their products. The associated costs included stricter
regulations and a $350-million-dollar loss including sales (Rodburn). If the recall
was not initiated, then more individuals would have become ill or even lost
their lives due to E. Coli. The recall was not packaging related because the
contamination was traced before the spinach was packaged in bags.
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Flynn, Dan. “Dole Spinach E.
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Pifer, Jen. “USDA Orders Recall
of 143 Million Pounds of Beef.” CNN. Cable News Network, 18 Feb. 2008. Web. 29 Jan. 2018.
Robinson, Sam. “Eggs in
Nationwide 2010 Recall Had USDA Mark of Quality.” Food Safety News, 14 Aug. 2013.Web.
29 Jan. 2018.
Rodburn. “10 of the Biggest
Food Recalls in History.” Default HubSpot Blog, Rodburn, 11 Feb. 2017. Web. 29 Jan. 2018.