Largest beef recall ever
Westland/Hallmark Meat Company, based in Chino, Calif. ordered the largest recall of ground beef in history Sunday, Department of Agriculture officials announced, according to the New York Times.
The recall, which includes 143 million pounds of beef, some of which was used in school lunches, comes after an animal-abuse scandal was uncovered in late January by the Humane Society of the United States, the Times reported.
The video reportedly showed workers kicking sick cows and forcing them to walk, and officials say cow that are unable to walk could be infected with mad cow disease, the Times reported.
However, Agriculture officials say human infection is unlikely because the parts of the cows that hold the disease would not have entered the human food supply, according to the Times.
The recall is the largest since 1999 when a ban of 35 million pounds of meats was recalled, the Associated Press reported.
According to the AP, no illnesses have arisen from the recalled meat, and officials called the potential threat small.
The recall affects beef products dating to Feb. 1, 2006, that came from Chino-based meat comapny, the AP reported.