After a record 16 recalls of contaminated meat this year, the Agriculture department announces it's "tough" new plan on solving the problem: "a nationwide survey of what meat plants are doing to fight E. coli."
The department also plans to send special assessment teams to problem plants and "urge them to adopt more stringent measures." Hmm. Are they going to skip the "pretty please" when they do the urging? Is that tough enough?
Maybe I am just naive, but if you already know what causes the problem, and how to avoid the problem, why not just take mandatory action across the board and fix it?
Another meaty tidbit: Agriculture department inspectors were in the Topps plant, the largest of the recalls, daily for at least 1-2 hours per day even as the contaminated meat was produced. No citations were issued.