Beef company exempt from E.coli and salmonella testing, excluded from recalls because of ammonia

"...the U.S. Department of Agriculture was so convinced of the success of the ammonia treating process in killing E. coli and salmonella that the company that introduced it [pink slime], Beef Products, Inc., was exempted from routine testing. The processed beef was excluded from recalls 'even when it was an ingredient in hamburgers found to be contaminated,' because it was assumed to be pathogen-free."

Source: Janine Jackson, “Putting Consumers Back in Their Place,” Extra!, August, 2012, 11. Available at: [verified 4/18/14]

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