Excerpt:Â The food supply in the United States is, without a doubt, the safest in the world. But when 21 million pounds of ground beef â€“ inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture â€“ is recalled because it contains E. coli 0157:H7, the question must be asked: Is the meat you buy safe enough?The Topps Meat Company, a 67-year-old New Jersey firm, closed its doors Oct. 5, sending 87 employees to the unemployment line, because 21.7 million pounds of its product contained E. coli 0157:H7. This strain "produces a powerful toxin and can cause severe illness, kidney failure and even death," according to the USDA. Every package of this contaminated meat contained a USDA inspection seal. Why did the USDA inspection fail to discover this contamination before it was shipped to stores across the nation?