Sunday, February 17, 2008


California – Here we go again, another beef recall. This one is not as serious as others in the past.

Ed Schafer, Secretary of Agriculture said that early last weekend the San Bernardino District Attorney filed felony animal cruelty charges against two employees who were terminated by Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company. “It is regrettable that these animals were mistreated and I am encouraged and supportive of these actions by the San Bernardino District Attorney in response to this mistreatment.”

The Department of Agriculture learned of the allegations regarding inhumane handling of non-ambulatory disabled cattle at Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company on January 30th, since then Schafer said that his Department has taken many aggressive steps.

“To date, Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company remains suspended by the Food Safety and Inspection Service and is not operating at this time. We continue to conduct a thorough investigation into whether any violations of food safety or additional humane handling regulations have occurred. On Feb. 8, our Office of the Inspector General took the lead on the investigation. At that time, USDA extended the administrative hold on Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company products for the National School Lunch Program, the Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations while the investigation continues.”

The USDA announced additional actions as a result of the ongoing investigation at Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has evidence that Hallmark/Westland did not consistently contact the FSIS public health veterinarian in situations in which cattle became non-ambulatory after passing ante-mortem inspection, which is not compliant with FSIS regulations. Because the cattle did not receive complete and proper inspection FSIS has determined them to be unfit for human food and the company is conducting a recall.

Schafer said he remains confident in the safety of the food supply and says the USDA will continue to take appropriate action based on the finding of the investigation.

“I am dismayed at the in-humane handling of cattle that has resulted in the violation of food safety regulations at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company. It is extremely unlikely that these animals were at risk for BSE because of the multiple safeguards; however, this action is necessary because plant procedures violated USDA regulations. In addition, our Office of the Inspector General and the Food Safety and Inspection Service continue the investigation. We will respond immediately if further findings warrant.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be nice to the cows before you kill them! We don't want to hurt anyones or anythings feelings in this country. Pussification again. Haas

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haas, generally I find your comments funny or astute or baseless but as a female you comment is deeply irritating and senseless to me.
It seems to me that if a cow cannot stand on its feet and it has to be moved with a forklift to get it where it needs to go, then there is something wrong with that cow and it needs care or to be killed and put out of its misery. You don't ignore United States Department of Agriculture guidelines, take a forklift and slaughter the animal and THEN send it out to be fed to MILLIONS of innocent children not know what is wrong with that animal!
If the animal is sick, it doesn't need to be for consumption. That covers cows, chickens, pigs and fish. Thats why the United States Department of Agriculture has guidelines for food that is for consumption: so that millions of innocent and unaware people are not exposed to deadly disease.
And as for your comment about "Pussification again": You could learn alot in a Political Correctness class. Patsy

10:22 PM  

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