Haunting video leads to largest U.S. meat recall

February 18, 2008 |  by  |  Breaking News
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Nation's largest meat recallAfter video emerged of slaughterhouse workers abusing handicapped cattle, a California meatpacking company has issued what has become America’s largest meat recall in history.

Over 143 million pounds of beef is on its way back to its maker for destruction. Video has emerged from various sources showing workers in the plant mistreating animals and violating the government’s ban on putting disabled (“downer”) cows into food consumption.

The animals are seen visibly trying their best to move away from the kicking workers in the film, but because of their handicaps, they are unable to do anything other than wail.

Joining in the full frontal assault on the company, the USDA said Sunday that all meat products distributed by Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company over the last two years was to be removed from shelves. Interesting note: The last two years? Hasn’t much of that product been consumed already?

We’ll keep you posted as this story unfolds. At the moment, included in the recall is meat that has been sent to schools for lunch programs across the country. The recall is a “Class II,” which is defined by a lesser element of emergency, most likely a recall in precaution only.

Yet, the treatment of those animals surely raises questions about the U.S. food supply.


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