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  •  they'll probably ship the meat anyway (0+ / 0-)

    The meat companies will argue that their manufacturing process hasn't changed overnight, and if the inspectors were fine with it before they were furloughed, there should be no problem now.  They'll say that they're sure as hell not going to close down the company until Congress passes a budget, and the customers certainly don't want empty shelves.

    Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

    by Visceral on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 11:15:05 AM PST

    •  Except the meat company's lawyers might weigh in (1+ / 0-)
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      and remind the operators that the USDA inspections helped protect against lawsuits.

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      by ROGNM on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 11:33:39 AM PST

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      •  you have to be alive or leave substancial $$$ (0+ / 0-)

        to sue anyone over tainted meat.   The Republican fetish of deregulation will outweigh any concern for the people that might eat tainted food - inspectors are not important in their universe.

        And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

        by Mortifyd on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 11:39:55 AM PST

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      •  remember the Ford Corvair (0+ / 0-)

        The industry's actions will be dictated by what they determine the most profitable course of action is: settling wrongful death lawsuits from tainted meat or voluntarily maintaining basic sanitation practices.

        Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

        by Visceral on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:55:17 PM PST

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        •  Corvair is a Chevy product. (0+ / 0-)

          You're thinking of the incredible, flaming Ford -- the Pinto, the Mustang's cheap little brother.

          •  that too (0+ / 0-)

            Both were "unsafe at any speed".

            Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

            by Visceral on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 03:58:58 PM PST

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            •  Both Were Over-Dramatized (0+ / 0-)

              In a world of 5000 pound body on frame gas-guzzling behemoth freeway locomotives, the Pinto and Corvair were on the failing side of any collision by virtue of their size as were and would be any small cars in those (and current) eras.  Against a Cadillac Escalade, you may be able to buy some immortality with a Mini Cooper, but good luck with that.

              Since the discussion concerns safety and not quality, my response ignores quality issues, and lets face it, American cars other than Corvair and Pinto sure had their share of quality issues.

              Corvair had issues due to oil leakage catching fire in the first mass produced American horizontally opposed air cooled (OK, there was Tucker, but that wasn't mass produced) rear engine and took a lot of heat for that, a fixable defect.  BUT, it out-handled the Corvette.  Hmm, what other auto (besides the VW - why didn't Nader attack that one?) had an air cooled rear engine?  Porsche.  A college acquaintance had a tricked out Corvair, roll cage and all, and there wasn't a domestic car that could even touch it on curves.

              The big Pinto cause for alarm was apparently generated because a gas station attendant didn't replace the gas cap after filling the car, the driver smelled gas and stopped his car over the top of a hill, which was subsequently hit from the rear by a UPS truck (or equivalent).  Boom!  Where do you store 15 gallons of highly explosive liquid fuel in a tiny lightweight car?  Was Pinto the only one which caught flame in a big crash?

    •  Oh well. (2+ / 0-)
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      My freezer is stocked with vegetable stew and tomato sauce from veggies I grew last summer. Haven't eaten meat in 40 years and would probably have stopped sooner — like right after reading "The Jungle" — except my parents wouldn't have gone for that. But when I hit college —

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 12:10:19 PM PST

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      •  Good time to go veggie (0+ / 0-)

        Can't say I'm a vegetarian, although I have started to greatly reduce my meat consumption.  I stopped buying it at the grocery store, but will still eat it if I'm out or visiting someone such as my parents.  
        Not that fruits and vegetables can't be contaminated as well, but I think it's much healthier to eliminate meat from your diet, and I think we could all live without it.

    •  All meat has to be inspected by a federal (0+ / 0-)

      agent.

      Milk does not.  Even in interstate sales.  Milk facilities are inspected for compliance.  As opposed to having every single drop inspected, as in meat.

    •  Bqhatevwr (1+ / 0-)
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      I understand that horse meat ain't all that bad and can even make ya run faster.

      •  Rec'd for the Scott Brown reference (0+ / 0-)

        Thank you for keeping it alive. Bay Staters should never forget what a farce it was letting him slip into "The People's Seat".  Luckily we now have a real Senator.

        Damn the Regressives, full speed ahead!

        by Nautical Knots on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 10:05:39 AM PST

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