The owner of a western Iowa meat locker is upset with federal inspectors who told him to recall thousands of pounds of ground beef. Jim’s Meat Market in Harlan has recalled 52-hundred-pounds of ground beef because federal inspectors are questioning the e-coli testing methods used by the slaughterhouse that supplied the beef.
Company owner Jim Goeser says the meat has tested negative for e-coli, no one has become ill from eating the beef, and he’s confident the meat has nothing wrong with it. Goeser says he doesn’t expect to get much of the meat back, because it was produced more than a month ago, and most of it has already been eaten — and not one person has become sick from eating it.
Goeser questions the timing of the recall, and criticizes federal inspectors who he says have, quote, “spent hours and hours” at his plant and “accomplished nothing.” And while Goeser is confident the meat will be found “clean,” he’s worried that the story will hurt his business. Goeser says he’s already lost one “nice-sized” order since the story broke Friday afternoon.