Largest Meat Recall in U.S. History
The largest meat recall in U.S. history is underway in California. Over 143 million pounds are being recalled. This meat was processed at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company. The plant, situated in Chino California is currently closed.
The Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. recall of 143.38 million pounds of beef is the largest meat recall to date (a 1998 Sarah Lee recall was 35 million pounds of various ready-to-eat meat products; Topps was 21.7 million pounds of ground beef). FSIS classified this recall as a “Class II” recall rather than a “Class I” because there is only a remote probability of adverse health consequences.
Hallmark/Westland was a supplier of beef to the National School Lunch Program until the end of January. Since then criminal charges have been filed against two former employees.
The FSIS( Food Safety and Inspection Service) has commented on the inhumane treatment afforded the animals in their slaughterhouse. Animals that cannot walk are "downers" and are not to enter the human food chain, but animals with broken legs are allowed if a Public Health Veterinarian inspects the animal and it is slaughtered at a "U.S. Suspect."
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