Helping consumers avoid recalled meat

July 11, 2008 3:10:16 PM PDT
For some cases, the government will now tell consumers exactly which stores get shipments of meat that's been recalled.

The Agriculture Department announced the new policy today in the wake of this country's largest beef recall. 143-million pounds of beef from a California slaughterhouse was recalled in February.

Under the new rule, the government will publish store names and locations that receive tainted meat, but only in cases that are considered "Class One." Those are the ones that create the greatest health hazard.

Ironically, the February recall was only a Class Two.

Health and consumer advocates say the new rule isn't strong enough.