Computer system failed at meatpacking plants, but shipping continued

  • Article by: RON NIXON , New York Times
  • Updated: August 17, 2013 - 9:31 PM

Inspection computer failed, meat still shipped.

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jbpaperAug. 17, 13 9:09 PM

"But instead of sending the paperwork along with the meat, inspectors sent information about the samples via the computer system to the labs. The test results were received electronically, and faster than in the past." ----- We spent $20 million on a system to perform a task that could just as easily been handled with some free e-mail accounts from yahoo.

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davehougAug. 17, 13 9:29 PM

Brought to you by the folks who failed at a new air traffic control system, healthcare exchange many voting systems and the whole postal monopoly. Yet government declares health insurance companies that pay vast amounts of complex health claims from vast numbers of providers with better fraud detection than Medicare, are the problem.

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newgovguyAug. 18, 13 9:47 AM

Non-story, at least what the writer was trying to get at. No safety risk. Inspection tasks were still done. The sampling tests are a verification of the plant's system. Only a small portion is sampled, to spot sheck the function of how the plant is doing. The article had other factual errors. Lab reports had been availabe on line for at least a decade. Sample lots have nev er, and are never directed specifically, the inspector choses what to sample based on certain criteria. The computer system does crash, but you just go do your work and come back. The real problem is for folks without good net connections.

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newgovguyAug. 18, 13 9:50 AM

AH, jb, the system does a lot more than email. The article did not spell that out very well. Does it work as intended, no waste of money yes, but it does have its uses. Again, the is a wste of space as far as the point of being a safety risk. Poor government procuremnt, yes!

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