The thing that freaks me out the most about this whole meat recall story is the sheer size of the story. How is it possible that one plant is responsible for a third of the beef products in a country of 35 million people? I'll tell you how – XL Foods is not just a meat processing plant; they’re practically their own country. I'm surprised they don't have a seat at the United Nations.
Every day 5000 cows go in one door and come out the other door on Styrofoam trays. But don't worry, there are 40 meat inspectors working two shifts; which means they have to inspect three and a half cows every sixty seconds. So, no blinking! Does anyone think this is a good idea? I mean, I know the Minister of Agriculture – he thinks it’s a good idea – but does anyone on this planet think that?
And here's a question: who the hell are XL Foods? If you go to their website you will see that they are a company that is, "built on trust and a firm handshake." Past that, it’s all a mystery. It’s all pictures of cows grazing in meadows. It’s like a website for a spa. And then way down in the corner there's a button – Recall Information. I thought it was the "like us" on Facebook button. But of course they’re not on Facebook because they’re like a secret society. It took weeks for people to figure out who owned the company. Combine that with a Minister of Agriculture who spends half his time in witness protection. We might as well all just crawl in a freezer and shut the door.
This is not a meat recall, this is a wake up call. The entire system is designed to keep us in the dark and if we let it stay that way – we're cooked.
Posted: 10/10/2012 7:23:04 AM | with 0 comments