Editor:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still expanding the list of retailers carrying meat unfit for human consumption. About 8.7 million pounds were shipped.

The recall comes in the wake of USDA's new "inspection" program that allows the meat industry to increase speed of processing lines and replace federal inspectors with plant employees.

Traditionally, USDA has catered more to the interests and profitability of the meat industry than health and safety of American consumers.


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Consumer interests come into play only when large numbers of us get sick.

Having USDA protect consumers is like asking the fox to guard the henhouse.

The Obama administration should reallocate responsibility for all food safety to the Food and Drug Administration. In the meantime, each of us can assume responsibility for our own safety by switching to the rich variety of soy-based products offered by our favorite supermarkets.

Brice Ashton

Bel Air