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Are huge food recalls (like 1/2 billion eggs and a million pounds of ground beef) avoidable?

Asked by GeorgeGee (4925points) August 21st, 2010

It seems obvious to me that if they’d shut down their factories and sterilize everything regularly they’d limit the size of recalls. Why don’t they?
Beef:
http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/2010/08/articles/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/e-coli-outbreak-prompts-million-pound-beef-recall/
eggs:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129342312&ft=1&f=1001

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