Only about half the meat and poultry that was recalled in the U.S. because of suspected health hazards between 1998 and 2002 was actually recovered by the manufacturers. This is especially worrisome now that Mad Cow Disease has been discovered here. Researcher Neal Hooker says, “Manufacturers should have a better success rate, but they don’t.”
New regulations went into effect between 1998 and 2000, so when Hooker examined the latest recall records, he says, “I was hoping we would see that the more hazardous cases?would be more quickly acted upon and have higher recovery rates. But the answer was no.