Washington, D.C. -- Boston Market joins Perdue Foods and Johnsonville LLC as the third major brand to experience a recall due to meat contaminated with foreign materials produced by plants that were found to have nonperformed inspections in 2018, according to information obtained by Food & Water Watch via the Freedom of Information Act.
On Saturday, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a recall of 173,376 pounds of frozen pork entrée products from Bellisio Foods (Establishment #18297) – the plant associated with the Boston Market recall – over fears it could be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of glass or hard plastic.
Last year, the inspectors at this facility reported they could not complete their tasks for the following reasons:
- Assigned other duties (listed 3 times)
- Double covered assignments (listed 13 times)
- Higher priority task took precedent (listed 4 times)
- Not enough time to complete the task (listed 20 times)
- Plant not operating (listed 17 times)
- Process/product not available (listed 33 times)
- Training (listed 2 times)
- Work unit meetings (listed 3 times)
“This is just the latest example of the problems associated with a rollback of meat inspection resources rampant throughout the industry,” said Tony Corbo, Senior Lobbyist for the food program at Food & Water Watch. “For years, the USDA has bowed down to industry pressure to put profits over safety. We’ll see more recalls like this until the agency prioritizes public health over the bottom line of big food corporations.”
“We know that FSIS has been aware of the increasing number of recalls due to extraneous material appearing in products it regulates since it intends to issue guidelines to the industry on this issue,” continued Corbo. “We look forward to reading what the agency intends to do to tighten up its enforcement activities.”
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