Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cease and Desist Order to Google

Mad Cow Omaha Steaks didn't like to see this blog using their logo ( View Here ), fair enough but that was the only way I was ever going to know for sure that they know about this blog, so its purpose has been served. Thank you Omaha Steaks corporate management for demonstrating that you actually care about something, even if that something is only your own corporate interest. At least you're not complete zombies, just sociopaths.

Omaha Steaks apparently submitted a Cease and Desist order to Google whereupon some worker drone edited it out of the header of this blog and the bloody gory knifeblade image at top was substituted for it. I never received the courtesy of seeing the Cease and Desist order but the fact of it is documented in part at The email I received about it is posted here.

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Less than a year later Omaha Steaks has changed their policy about irradiating their dead meat products

Honestly I don't follow them closely enough to know when the change was made but it was sometime well before the end of 2009 and I am just posting it now: Omaha Steaks has stopped irradiating ALL their meat and now only irradiates their ground meat products. Details can be found on the Omaha Steaks Product Safety Information page. This is what they have to say NOW as to why they use irradiation, which makes one wonder what their justification was for using it on ALL their meat less than a year ago today?

Why is Omaha Steaks using irradiation on Ground Beef only?
Steaks and roasts are solid pieces of meat that bacteria cannot permeate. Any bacteria that may exist on the surface of the meat is eliminated as soon as the product is heated. Unlike solid cuts of meat, the potential exists that surface bacteria may have been mixed within ground beef.