We’ve been asking for ages Where’s the beef?
But we’re in a new era now. That’s not the right question anymore, at least not if you’re talking industrial food.
Really, the question we all need to be asking is
Where’s the poop?
Cause turns out, for lots of unfortunate Canadians of late, its on their plate.
I’ve been listening to CBC Radio One pretty constantly this week while I unpack and clean the house, and the current beef recall from XL Foods has been a hot topic of conversation on the airwaves. Per usual, our government, rather than losing their shit over a completely unacceptable breakdown of our food system, they’re loosing the shit on us.
It is ironic in the worst pay possible.
What’s that they say about stuff rolling downhill? Look out folks, we’re at the bottom and it’s already on its way.
All the hot air coming from Harper and other high muckety-mucks makes me crazy. All he keeps saying is the “net increase” of inspectors his government has put in place since the last food contamination tragedy in our country.The head of the inspectors’ union pointed out that no one says these new inspectors are actually inspecting meat.
Even if they were, would it matter if no one is “analyzing the data”? (I’ve heard that phrase a lot in the last few days. From what I can tell, what they mean is no one bothers to review the tests. Not much point in testing then, is there?)
I laughed out loud at a rare moment of straightforwardness in the whole mess – the show guest summed it up pretty well :
There’s poop in our food.
Kinda sucks, don’t it.
The recall now covers over 1000 products and stretches across the entire country. We’re not even just talking ground beef. Steaks. Steaks!??
My mum said she found four products in her freezer that she had bought from three different stores, all on the recall list. My dad went to the butcher today, hoping to find some ground beef from a smaller supplier, meat that didn’t pass through the contaminated XL Foods plant. Even at his tiny, old-school local butcher there was no beef. They buy it in from there, too.
Doesn’t that strike you as kind of wrong?
Our system is built by the measure of efficiency only, not sanity. When you sacrifice sanity for efficiency, insane things happen. It’s only logical.
Consumers are suffering, and I can only imagine the stress cattle farmers are facing right now. It’s not our fault and it’s not their fault, but together we will bear the brunt of the consequences.
Unless we’re all prepared to start supporting small farmers, demand easier creation of small abattoirs and processors, start putting sanity and quality over efficiency and cheapness, we’d better get used to insanity and the contamination of our food.
Pass the poop.
- XL Foods delayed handing over tainted beef information, food inspectors say (news.nationalpost.com)
- Canada inspectors cite delays getting tainted meat data (news.yahoo.com)
- XL Foods recall expanded to include dozens of new cuts of beef (ctvnews.ca)
- Update: CFIA says tainted beef at XL Foods exceeded 5% of production on some days (calgaryherald.com)
- More self-regulation taking place at meat processing plants: union (ctvnews.ca)
- XL Foods plant will remain closed pending written CFIA assurance: Ritz (ctvnews.ca)
- Beef recall focus of agriculture minister’s news conference (cbc.ca)
- Beef recall expands as food inspection agency vows to tighten rules (vancouversun.com)
- Beef recall tied to delay in information, says CFIA (theprovince.com)
- Canada: XL Foods recall expanded to include dozens of new cuts of beef (crofsblogs.typepad.com)