USDA Orders Largest Meat Recall in U.S. History
March 04, 2008
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In the largest meat recall in U.S. history, 143 million pounds of beef have been recalled by the U .S. Department of Agriculture. The beef represents the past two years of production for California-based Westland Meat, and was recalled because the company did not prevent sick animals from entering the U.S. food supply.
The videotape above showed that Westland’s partner company, Hallmark Meat Packing, was involved in “egregious violations” of federal animal care regulations. The company did not consistently bring in federal veterinarians to examine cattle that were too weak or sick to stand on their own, and sent them to be slaughtered anyway.
Government regulations prohibit slaughtering cattle that cannot stand or walk on their own for food.
Federal officials have noted that most of the recalled beef was likely eaten long ago, and, despite the recall, likely poses little or no hazard to consumers.
About 37 million pounds of the meat went to school lunch programs and other public nutrition programs.