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Tyson is apparently hostile to its vendors testing the meat it sells

The New York Times has an article about testing for E. Coli in meat.  While I buy no ground meat any more, it does make me more certain I don’t want to be buying Tyson products.

Many big slaughterhouses will sell only to grinders who agree not to test their shipments for E. coli, according to officials at two large grinding companies. Slaughterhouses fear that one grinder’s discovery of E. coli will set off a recall of ingredients they sold to others.

The retail giant Costco is one of the few big producers that tests trimmings for E. coli before grinding…

But even Costco, with its huge buying power, said it had met resistance from some big slaughterhouses. “Tyson will not supply us,” Mr. Wilson said. “They don’t want us to test.”

A Tyson spokesman, Gary Mickelson, would not respond to Costco’s accusation, but said, “We do not and cannot” prohibit grinders from testing ingredients. He added that since Tyson tests samples of its trimmings, “we don’t believe secondary testing by grinders is a necessity.”

h/t Dr. X.

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