The USDA made an announcement to recall 143 million pounds of beef from Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company located in Chino, California. According to the report, an undercover video was what led to the recall.
Videos posted at Yahoo! News show cows with chains wrapped around their necks being dragged to the slaughterhouse and lifted up on forklifts because they were too sick to walk. Cows are either falling out of the truck or already dead by the time they arrive at the meat processing plant.
This makes for the largest food recall in U.S. history and includes beef products dating back to February 1, 2006. Most of the beef products are sold in bulk to warehouse stores, fast food restaurants and schools. Yes, folks, this is the beef we are feeding our children for lunch. Yum!
My daughter wrote her senior paper on the practices of slaughterhouses. She has been a vegetarian since the day she was born. I still remember the day she spit pureed baby food meat, sealed her lips tightly and refused to eat another bite. She has never eaten meat since.
The report she wrote several months ago outlined the same practices that prompted the massive recall. PETA and the Humane Society have been providing this information to government officials for several years, but no one has been paying attention. Finally, someone has taken notice.
Reports state the meat processed at Hallmark / Westland Meat Packing Company "is unfit for human consumption". USDA Actions, including all news releases and statements can be found at the United States Department of Agriculture website.