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ID:

309

Date:

2008-04-30

Headline:

Beef recall case: Cattle abuse wasn't a rare occurrence

Reporter's name:

Julie Schmit

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

USA Today

City:

Chino, CA

Summary:

The slaughter of downer cattle, cows unable to stand, may be much more common than previously assumed. The Animal Welfare Institute requested 2004 records from the USDA through the Freedom of Information Act and has released a report on humane-slaughter violations. The reportís author said the USDA provided the documents 30 months after the request. It comes as the USDA steps up checks on conditions at the nation's 900 slaughterhouses following abuses at Westland/Hallmark Meat, one of the biggest beef recalls ever.

Notes:

The finding, drawn from USDA records the Animal Welfare Institute recently received in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, is included in a report to be released today on humane-slaughter violations. The report's author, Dena Jones, requested the USDA enforcement records in March 2004.The USDA provided them 30 months later, she says.

Keywords:

USDA, meat, beef, cattle, production, food industry, meat industry, downer, sick, weak, animal rights, animal welfare institute, recall, slaughterhouse, abuse, FOIA

URL:

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2008-03-24-meat-recall-slaughter-ban_N.htm


Agencies:

GAO
USDA

States:

CA
HI
US

Categories:

food safety
public health


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