Many US meat/poultry companies are fed up with the battering their trade has been getting from a three-year surge in food-safety recalls. The odds of being hit with a recall have been rising, spurred largely by the industry and government's new and improved pathogen-detection systems, larger test samples, and the persistence of the mutating microbial pests themselves. To boot, the government's new prevention-focused inspection service is lumping more chores, responsibilities and liabilities on the companies and their employees.