Filthy Food: Serious Meat Safety Violations

CHICAGO - Before you eat another turkey sandwich, chew another piece of steak or bite into another pork chop, consider how that meat is being shipped to your plate.
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The investigation found health hazards involving tens of thousands of pounds of beef, poultry and pork headed to local grocery stores, restaurants and warehouses.

A four-month CBS 2 investigation uncovered serious food safety handling violations in the way meat is transported. Among the findings: spoiled or thawing meat, cross-contamination and a lack of food inspectors to monitor the way it is handled during the shipping or delivery process.

The investigation found health hazards involving tens of thousands of pounds of beef, poultry and pork headed to local grocery stores, restaurants and warehouses.

"People are so confident that somebody in their government is watching out for their family, and the honest answer is they are not," said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois.

Durbin reviewed surveillance video of tainted transports that included pork thawing and dripping on to fresh produce.

"Even one truckload of meat that is not carefully watched can become a lot problems for a lot families," Durbin said. "The bottom line is, no one is accepting responsibility."

Source: Cbs2chicago.com
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