Turkey recall: How it ranks with major food recalls

Cargill has recalled roughly 36 million pounds of ground turkey products distributed nationwide. How does that compare with past food recalls?

6. Beef recall – February 2008

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In a file photo a security guard closes a side gate at Hallmark Meat Packing Co., Jan. 30, 2008, in Chino, Calif. The US Department of Agriculture on Sunday Feb. 17, 2008, ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of beef after an animal-abuse investigation.

The largest beef recall in US history – more than 140 million pounds of red meat – was sparked by a covert Humane Society video showing employees at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co.in Chino, Calif., dragging so-called "downer" cows onto a killing floor. Federal officials determined the cows had not been properly inspected. Although no illnesses were tied to the recall, it sparked changes in food-safety procedures, caused the company to close, and led to the criminal conviction of two employees.

Geoff Johnson is a Monitor researcher. An earlier version of this story appeared here.

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