USDA recalls 143 million pounds of beef

Cross-posted from THE ENVIRONMENTALIST

The USDA has recalled 143 million pounds of beef produced from a Chino, CA slaughterhouse, making this the largest beef recall in the U.S.:

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday recalled 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a Southern California slaughterhouse that is being investigated for mistreating cattle.

More below the fold…

The federal agency said the recall will affect beef products dating [from] Feb. 1, 2006, that came from Chino, California-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., which supplies meat to the federal school lunch program and to some major fast-food chains.

Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer said his department has evidence that Westland did not routinely contact its veterinarian when cattle became non-ambulatory after passing inspection, violating health regulations.

The government shut Westland down on Friday after video revealed they were using forklifts to push sick cattle to slaughter. Two former employees are being charged with animal cruelty. The investigation will determine if further charges will be brought…

Rest of the story, links and information on effected organisations (schools and fast food outlets) here

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  1. Westland and Hallmark Foods.

    More info here

    • kj on February 17, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    no words

  2. how interesting……

    meat and viral crossovers…..

    interesting……

  3. be eating hamburger!  ICK

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