USDA relies on failing foreign inspections

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USDA Relies On Foreign Inspections, Meat Plants Abroad Fail Sanitation Checks

This high profile Washington Post article discusses recent problems with raw beef coming from Mexico and it’s levels of fecal contamination. “… the USDA increasingly relies on foreign governments—including ones that have repeatedly failed to get the job done.” The USDA insists that foreign meat is safe, perhaps safer, than domestic meat since it goes through two safety checks.

Based on a number of “slaughterhouse expose”-type books I’ve read over the past year, I highly doubt that the problem is limited to foreign meat. By all accounts I’ve read, the USDA has quite a difficult time even beginning to enforce many of the health and safety issues domestically with our food supply. So, perhaps, imported meat is “safer… than many domestic foods,” but I don’t think that’s something to brag about.

After reading this article, I also realized that the Post has been archiving a series of meat industry-related articles under “Modern Meat: A Brutal Harvest,” that should be of interest to those concerned with animal rights and food safety.

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Raw Foodists Make Vegans Look Like Debauchers

This is a surprisingly thorough look at the more “extreme” versions of vegetarianism, complete with recipes. While I personally disagree with the raw foods philosophy, it’s an interesting article, nevertheless.