Oh I forgot, I did want to comment on the huge beef recall.
FYI - we were all eating downer cows prior to 3 years ago when the whole mad cow thing came into being. Prior to finding 1-3 BSE (mad cows) in the USA, downer cows could be transported and slaughtered and entered the food chain if they passed post-slaughter inspection. I really think it's sad that they are just throwing out millions of pounds of most likely decent meat due to an animal cruelty issue, not really a safety one. Not cool how the slaughter plant was opperating and they should get shut down and fined into oblivion. But did they really need to recall all the meat? My humble opinion, probably not.