Why do food recalls continue to happen? Do the words "toothless" and "lax" ring a bell? Must read analysis from Food Politics.
But CDC investigations show that turkey-related illnesses have been reported for months. Despite the reports, the USDA took its own sweet time insisting on a recall.
The rationale for the delay is—get this—the USDA believes it does not have the authority to order recalls for any contaminant except E. coli O157:H7. It has no authority to recall meat contaminated with Salmonella or other toxic forms of E. coli.