Westland Hallmark Meat Company Informative - Largest Beef Recall in US History

Review by 20131 on 2008-02-18
From the New York Times website

A California meat company on Sunday issued the largest beef recall in history, 143 million pounds, some of which was used in school lunch programs, Department of Agriculture officials announced.

The recall by the Westland/Hallmark Meat Company, based in Chino, Calif., comes after a widening animal-abuse scandal that started after the Humane Society of the United States distributed an undercover video on Jan. 30 that showed workers kicking sick cows and using forklifts to force them to walk.

The video raised questions about the safety of the meat, because cows that cannot walk, called downer cows, pose an added risk of diseases including mad cow disease. The federal government has banned downer cows from the food supply.

I highly recommend you check your own freezer to make sure you don't have anything produced by this company - and discard it or return it to your retailer if you do. - pwp
Comments:10 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-02-18
Posted by GothicSmurf on 2008-02-18:
Another reason I'm a vegetarian (or pescetarian).
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-18:
The video of guys with forklifts dragging these "downer cows" to their execution was pretty horrific. A buddy of mine said to me, "but cows are delicious, they can't drag 'em through the slaughterhouse fast enough for me!"
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-18:
Good stuff Pirate!!! As always very helpful.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-18:
Stew, I rated you "best answer" as I always do, friend.
Posted by MRM on 2008-02-18:
PwP, thanks for warning your un-informed readers.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-18:
Chino stinks,but they do have a world class skatepark

There was this dairy in Chino that had a 5 legged cow,it was actually a baby cows leg sticking out,it lived for a few months then died......mmmmm.filetmignon.mmmmm
Posted by MRM on 2008-02-18:
Hey PwP, nice background on your blog!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-18:
my fav has to be the pic of "Mclovin" LOL too cool!
Posted by Principissa on 2008-02-18:
I just can't get over the fact that not only did they use "downer" cows, but they sent most of this meat to schools! The treatment of the animals was absolutely horrible. I love a good steak as much as the next guy, but at least treat the animals humanely.
Posted by shelly16 on 2008-02-18:
GothicSmurf, that's exactly what I was thinking...

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