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On the beef industry and the money needed to police -- -- we welcome Caroline Smith the -- she's the food safety director at the center for science.
In the public interest and -- -- -- she's the director emeritus of the national meat association it's an organization that represents 400 meat Packers and processors.
Including Nebraska beat.
The warning to the to -- thank you so much for joining us you've just heard Kenneth Peterson let me start with you Caroline.
What he is ignored number one concern right now for the USDA.
So they need to make some changes that will improve their policing of the meat supply.
To controlled it's very hazardous pathogens.
Marita Carroll might explain to me what kind and changes visited changing technology.
Is it having more inspectors what coming due to prevent this from continually happening.
Beef is not subject to the kind of continue its inspection program that some meat plants are and in fact.
Those plants -- well they're supposed to be visited on a daily basis.
May be missing some of those inspections due to inspection inspector shortages and vacancies.
So we want to make sure that you FDA has been -- inspectors.
And we also want to make sure that the inspectors are using the most modern tools.
To police the food supply.
Well as -- you have been into the Nebraska beef plant does well the hallmark meat company that had the record recall in February.
What do you believe needs to be done.
The EU Nebraska beef company is a -- operation.
They -- -- All of the various interventions.
That are designed.
To eliminate pathogens from entering the food supply.
I have great respect for their operation.
A very good friend of mine had a distinguished consultant.
Has just confirmed that they are doing everything that they can.
-- -- technically available.
To help them.
-- remove these pathogens.
As they go through that process.
-- I do have to make sure that you understand.
A very big distinction.
The current recall and -- happened earlier this year in Southern California.
Which was a class two recall.
And -- -- animal handling it did not involve pathogens contamination.
On the product itself.
So that is an entirely different issue maybe we can take up on a different day.
OK it was anger was really asking this out what the big gripes out there -- by many of the critics of the USDA and maybe it's not just the USDA.
If the US government is that they only have.
Funding of 94 million dollars now granted that is up 38%.
Under president bush and the administration.
But some believe they may need an access of another hundred million in funding.
To get the right kind of technology and more inspectors.
Would you -- green.
Or disagree with that.
-- United States department of agriculture and I have worked very closely with them for many years and particularly the doctor Peterson who is a fighting and I veterinarian.
I've known him since he was a front line worker in the patents.
And know the problem that they don't police the industry.
They work cooperatively.
With the industry.
To make sure that the -- -- requirements.
Are met within the scope of the federal meat inspection act.
That is what they eat the the best I -- content.
No -- wants to be in business to put out unsafe meat that's not good for business.
They want the safest product and they want to cooperate.
Very closely with the government who is a partner to make sure that they meet the legal requirements of the law.
In order to put safe -- before the consume.
All right wolf Caroline and was -- wanna thank the two of you for coming here to talk further about this we really appreciate it.
And if you have food safety questions make sure you visit the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service web site.
I ask Karen dot gov or call the USDA's meat and poultry hotline at 1806746854.
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