Here's a good way to prevent a food recall: Don’t ship contaminated food in the first place. Companies that process meat have to test it for salmonella, E. coli, and other buggies, but they can send it off to stores before they get results. The Department of Agriculture has recently caught on to the fact that maybe this is dumb, and they’re proposing that meat products be held until the lab results come back (a matter of 48 hours or less). This approach could have prevented 44 outbreaks in the last four years, averting hundreds of cases of food poisoning and at least one death.

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