USDA Calls for Largest Beef Recall in History
The AP reported on CNN.com on Sunday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a slaughterhouse that is under investigation for mistreating cattle.
According to the article, it is the largest beef recall in United States history. "The amount of beef- 143 million pounds- is roughly enough for two hamburgers for each man, woman and child in the United States," said the article.
Westland/ Hallmark Meat Co. supplies meat to the federal school lunch program and is under investigation after a video surfaced showing workers committing inhumane practices
"Because the cattle did not receive complete and proper inspection, Food Safety and Inspection Service has determines them to be unfit for human food and the company is conducting a recall," said Secretary of Agriculture Ed Shafer in the article.
The article also said that, "authorities said the video showed workers kicking, shocking and otherwise abusing "downer" animals that were apparently too sick or injured to walk into the slaughterhouse. Some animals had water forced down their throats, San Bernardino County prosecutor Michael Ramos said."
It is estimated that much of the meat has already been consumed and the recall includes products dating to February 1, 2006.
"Federal regulations call for keeping downed cattle out of the food supply because they may pose a higher risk of contamination from E. coli, salmonella or mad cow disease because they typically wallow in feces and their immune systems are often weak," said the article.
"Most of the beef was sent to distribution centers in bulk packages. The USDA said it will owkr with distributors to determine how much meat remains," said the article.
A full list of the recalled product can also be found on CNN.com.