WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that it will begin publicly disclosing the names of supermarkets and other retail outlets that have received recalled meat or poultry whenever the USDA announces a Class I recall. The change will take effect beginning in August, and will include only recalls that involve a “reasonable probability of serious health consequences or death for those with weakened immune systems,” according to the USDA announcement. “The identity of retail stores with recalled meat and poultry from their suppliers has always been a missing piece of information for the public during a recall,” Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer said in the announcement. “People want to know if they need to be on the lookout for recalled meat and poultry from their local store, and by providing lists of retail outlets during recalls, USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service will improve public health protection by better informing consumers.” Following the recall announcement, FSIS will post on its website within three to 10 days a list of all retail stores known to have received the contaminated items.
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