USDA to disclose retailers in recalls

Consumers to be told where some recalled meat is being sold

Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON — In a shift on federal food safety policy, the Bush administration soon will begin telling consumers during food recalls whether their local grocery store has been stocking contaminated meat or poultry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which announced the change, currently publicizes food recalls and their source but does not tell consumers where the tainted products have gone.

Long-standing anger about this policy flared in February during the largest beef recall in U.S. history, when the Agriculture Department refused to make public the schools and stores that carried beef recalled by Chino, Calif.-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. That recall involved 143 million pounds of beef.

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