Under the heading of "What did you expect?" comes this latest news I just
read in the Roanoke Times, that school lunch programs
in 31 states have had to reject Gold Kist chicken nuggets after hearing
reports from USDA food inspectors that two Gold Kist plants near
Gunnersville, Alabama processed diseased and injured chickens. These are
both HACCP plants, where food inspectors only pull samples, instead of
inspecting each bird as they used to do.
In two different
samples of 10 chickens each, they found 6 out 10 and 7 out of 10 had open
and pus on the skin. The skin of these chickens is emulsified and used as a
binder in the nuggets. Inspectors said that about 50% of the poultry
arriving at the Gold Kist plant in Gunnersville were infected with one or
more diseases, and displayed open and weeping sores. The inspectors told Cox
News Service that the diseased poultry was unlikely to make anyone sick.
Instead, they said chicken nuggets made from poultry that has pus, scabs and
sores is not wholesome. (food that is not "wholesome" cannot be sold as USDA
inspected). Gold Kist president John Bekkers claims the public is being
mislead by disgruntled government food safety inspectors. Government
inspection logs show multiple violations, and that open and weeping wounds
were overlooked or "missed" by Gold Kist employees during evisceration.
For more info check out www.roanoke.com or reporter Tad Dickens at
Only months into the HACCP and we're beginning to see the results. Quite
likely this whole national HACCP idea will go down in history as one of
FSIS' greatest blunders.
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