USDA Announces Largest Beef Recall In History

Millions of pounds of beef from a Southern California slaughterhouse have been recalled.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled more than 140-million pounds of frozen beef Sunday from Westland/Hallmark Meat Company in what officials are calling the largest beef recall in U.S. history.

Westland/Hallmark Meat Company supplies meat to the federal school lunch program and some fast-food chains. The USDA says the recall affects beef products dating back to February 1, 2006.

More than 100 school districts around the nation have already stopped using the company's beef in their menus.

Federal officials suspended operations at Westland/Hallmark and launched an investigation after undercover video from the Human Society surfaced showing sick and crippled animals being pushed around at the company's Chino, California slaughterhouse.

Most of the meat has probably already been consumed and this recall resulted not from any proof of contamination but from a violation of their rules.

As the investigation goes forward the USDA will have to determine how its own inspectors and veterinarians, who are at the plant at all times, completely missed the fact that abuse of sick animals was taking place.

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  • by Moo on Feb 19, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    Answer for Unknown; I don't know how it would feel because I'd be cow and I couldn't rationalize. Note for syd; where in the world is "amarica?" Is that somewhere near jamaicer or hawaiir?
  • by c Location: fkt on Feb 19, 2008 at 06:01 AM
    I don't understand this recall. If there is no contamination, then why the recall? If the meat has already been consumed then it makes no sense! What can we do about it now? Fine the heck out of the slaughterhouse & let it go at that! When did the Human Society get government approval to do investigations? People worry more about an animal than they do about people! Shows how stupid we as a nation have really become. People can kill & abuse children and not get as much for that as they do abusing or killing an animal. It's crazy how people think these days!
  • by syd Location: jackson county ky on Feb 18, 2008 at 05:21 PM
    hi i think it's a disgrace that people would be so crule to this pitiful cows in a place like amarica in a land of plenty.shame on those people who has done such a thing as this to a helpless animal. S H A M E ON Y O U !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Unknown Location: Owingsville on Feb 18, 2008 at 01:40 PM
    That's awful... how could you make fun of a poor cow getting hurt how would you feel if it was you?
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