andrew schneider investigates

February 25, 2008

California meat packer may never reopen.

Filed under: FDA,Food Safety,Risks to children — Andrew Schneider @ 10:51

The meat packing company that once earned the government’s title of the school lunch program’s Supplier of the Year will probably close its doors for good. Charges of excessive cruelty to the cattle it processed triggered the biggest meat recall in U.S. history and had school districts in Seattle, Spokane and throughout the rest of the country destroying millions of pounds of beef this month, reports The Wall Street Journal.

A video made by an undercover humane society investigator showed workers at the plant trying to make sick or injured cattle stand up with electrical-shock devices, forklifts and high-pressure water hoses. Cattle that can’t walk or stand on their own are generally banned from the nation’s food supply. Such “downer” cows can be sources of mad-cow disease, which can cause a rare but fatal brain disorder in humans

The Journal said Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co., one of the biggest suppliers of beef to the national school-lunch program, probably will shut down permanently, according to the company’s general manager, Anthony Magidow.

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