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Mexico suspends beef, poultry shipments to US
AP ^ | 04 Sep 2008 | AP

Posted on 09/05/2008 12:40:58 PM PDT by BGHater

The government of Mexico has voluntarily suspended shipments of meat and processed poultry to the United States after U.S. officials raised concerns about the quality of Mexican food processing and inspections, an Agriculture Department official said Thursday.

The department's Food Safety and Inspection Service identified systemic problems with sanitation controls and recordkeeping during an annual audit that took place in Mexico between June 24 and July 31.

The voluntary suspension began Aug. 29, said Amanda Eamich, a spokeswoman for the service. About 2 percent of beef and poultry in the U.S. comes from Mexican producers.

"Safety concerns in multiple establishments were not identified by Mexican in-plant inspection personnel, demonstrating that Mexico's system to verify its plants were producing safe food in a clean facility was insufficient," Eamich said.

She said the audit report was not yet completed and would be posted on the agency's Web site within 60 days.

It was not known how long the suspension would last as Mexico takes steps to improve food safety.

Food & Water Watch, a consumer advocacy group, said it had raised concerns with the department in late August about Mexico's exports of meat and poultry.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Mexico; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: beef; food; foodsupply; imports; mexico; poultry; trade; usda

1 posted on 09/05/2008 12:40:59 PM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater

Oh man. I was just thinking about eating an old dead mexican chicken this weekend.


2 posted on 09/05/2008 12:45:28 PM PDT by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: BGHater

What does 2% equate to in pounds?


3 posted on 09/05/2008 12:45:54 PM PDT by RC2
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To: BGHater

“It was not known how long the suspension would last... “

Just until Monday morning, following `bullfights’ all weekend.


4 posted on 09/05/2008 12:48:48 PM PDT by tumblindice (EMAW)
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To: BGHater
The department's Food Safety and Inspection Service identified systemic problems with sanitation controls and recordkeeping during an annual audit that took place in Mexico between June 24 and July 31.

Love to know what that's a euphemism for...

5 posted on 09/05/2008 12:49:41 PM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: BGHater

How are their shipments of bottled spring water coming?


6 posted on 09/05/2008 12:50:49 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: RC2

2007 Numbers.

Just Beef alone would be about 61,040,000 pounds of Beef.


7 posted on 09/05/2008 12:52:37 PM PDT by BGHater (Democracy is the road to socialism.)
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To: BGHater
>>The government of Mexico has voluntarily suspended shipments of meat and processed poultry to the United States after U.S. officials raised concerns about the quality of Mexican food processing and inspections, an Agriculture Department official said Thursday.<<

Is this supposed to be a bad thing?

BTW, I stopped eating meat at Mexican restaurants about 10 years ago when I was at one of my customers, a big meat distributors and saw the following sign:

NO MORE DELIVERIES of BEEF RECTUMS to MEXICAN RESTAURANTS - THEY are COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY

call me superstitious but I've just never felt the same about beef tacos since then unless my wife personally cooks the ground beef
8 posted on 09/05/2008 12:55:29 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: BGHater
Mexico suspends beef, poultry shipments to US

If we're lucky, they'll go for the hat trick...

9 posted on 09/05/2008 12:56:22 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: gondramB

Anthony Bourdain will be dissapointed..


10 posted on 09/05/2008 1:12:57 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: BGHater

“U.S. officials raised concerns about the quality of Mexican food processing and inspections, an Agriculture Department official said Thursday.”

‘Bout time!


11 posted on 09/05/2008 1:14:29 PM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: BGHater

If it’s not the Chinese trying to poison us and our animals, it’s the Mexicans!


12 posted on 09/05/2008 1:27:34 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: BGHater
Can someone tell me which US companies use Mexican beef poultry or other food?

My family won't be shopping or eating there anymore.

What kind of people eat food and take medicine produced by third rate countries or China (unless they have to)? I wish I could say, not the USA.

Who knows what's in this stuff and why would anyone assume that it's perfectly okay for themselves?

13 posted on 09/05/2008 1:46:19 PM PDT by veracious
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To: BGHater

Suspending shipments of their meat and processed poultry is all well and good but I want to know when are they going to suspend shipments of their people.


14 posted on 09/05/2008 1:47:59 PM PDT by Old Seadog
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To: BGHater

Another fine New World Order beauty brought to us by El Presidente Jorge doble ve. With Republicans like this, who needs Democrats?


15 posted on 09/05/2008 1:53:01 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free
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To: RC2

About five pennies.


16 posted on 09/05/2008 1:53:28 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: BGHater
How many years did the republican party have to pass a real country of origin label. When will it happen, my guess is never, they don't care if what you eat kills you.
17 posted on 09/05/2008 2:11:58 PM PDT by org.whodat (Republicans should support the SAM Walton business model, and then drill???)
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To: BGHater

Listeria?


18 posted on 09/05/2008 2:13:59 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: gondramB

Um, does she ground her own beef?

;-)


19 posted on 09/05/2008 2:15:32 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: fanfan

ground = grind.


20 posted on 09/05/2008 2:17:41 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: fanfan

Well, IIRC, the last one was Salmonella St. Paul. Which the Mexican government claimed had never been found in Mexico. It was.


21 posted on 09/05/2008 2:21:36 PM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: fanfan

>>Um, does she ground her own beef?

;-)<<

We do have meat grinder attachment for our mixer but generally she just shops at Whole Foods...


22 posted on 09/05/2008 2:26:47 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: gondramB

NO MORE DELIVERIES of BEEF RECTUMS to MEXICAN RESTAURANTS - THEY are COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY..


I wonder what the quality problem was?..... LOL.


23 posted on 09/05/2008 2:32:23 PM PDT by deport ( ----Cue Spooky Music---)
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To: BGHater

Jebus, as if we don’t have enough trouble with our own meat processing plants, we’re getting meat and poultry from Mexico???

I know FReepers aren’t too fond of vegetarians, but I’m glad I’ve gone vegan (hey, if I didn’t go off the deep end, I wouldn’t be a FReeper, would I?) and don’t have to worry about this kind of thing anymore.


24 posted on 09/05/2008 2:50:18 PM PDT by radiohead (Palin - conservative, female, mom, NRA member - good enough for me.)
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To: Old Seadog
I want to know when are they going to suspend shipments of their people.

LOL! When you find out, tell the rest of us, ok?

25 posted on 09/05/2008 2:51:19 PM PDT by radiohead (Palin - conservative, female, mom, NRA member - good enough for me.)
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To: BGHater

I feel sick ..


26 posted on 09/05/2008 3:44:35 PM PDT by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: deport

That was deeply into “I was afraid to ask” territory.


27 posted on 09/05/2008 3:52:42 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: mewzilla
We've had a big Lysteria outbreak in Canada.

At least 12 dead, from sliced meat. .

Where does Maple Leaf Foods get their meat?

28 posted on 09/05/2008 4:12:23 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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