HACCP

How Is HACCP?

HACCP was rushed into existence in what many observed to be an agency knee-jerk reaction to the Jack In The Box outbreak.  An improvement in meat production and inspection was clearly required to reduce the prevalence of pathogens in our food supply.  Since E.coli 0157:H7 was the focal point driving inspection policies, we need to briefly discuss its particulars. Read More >>

HACCP: The Case For Dismissal

Two additional E.coli 0157:H7 recalls were experienced the final week of October, 2009, both emanating from consumer outbreaks.  Recall # 057-2009 was announced on October 26, from South Shore Meats in Brockton, Massachusetts, involving 1,039 lbs of fresh ground beef.  Recall # 059-2009 was announced but five days later, in which 545,699 lbs of fresh ground beef was recalled by Fairbank Farms in Ashville, NY. Read More >> 

The Fox and the Henhouse

HACCP was rushed into existence in what many observed to be an agency knee-jerk reaction to the Jack In The Box outbreak.  An improvement in meat production and inspection was clearly required to reduce the prevalence of pathogens in our food supply.  Since E.coli 0157:H7 was the focal point driving inspection policies, we need to briefly discuss its particulars. Read More >>

HACCP'S Disconnect From Public Health Concerns

Upton Sinclair’s Book “The Jungle” in 1906 had far-reaching consequences, impacting the meat processing industry and USDA activities through today.  “The Jungle” revealed the sordid sanitation conditions in the meat industry of his day, exposing an industry not capable of policing itself.  His book energized President Theodore Roosevelt and Congress to pass the Federal Meat Inspection Act in 1906. Read More >>