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Meat Inspections

The nation's top authority on food safety says better training of federal meat inspectors could have prevented last summer's massive ConAgra beef recall.

Elsa Murano, the food safety division chief in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told The Denver Post that the USDA is allocating $5 million to train inspectors to look beyond individual contamination problems. She says that if inspectors had known how to piece together dozens of E. coli findings at the Greeley slaughterhouse, they could have seen that a bigger problem was building and taken action.

Tests by workers at the former ConAgra slaughterhouse, now known as Swift and company, found potentially lethal E. coli in beef 34 times in the months leading up to the July recall.


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