USDA shuts down meat company after investigation by Compassion Over Killing
Posted by Drew.
After an animal rights organization released video footage from an undercover investigation, the USDA shut down a California slaughterhouse. This is big news.
The investigation by Compassion Over Killing found, “rampant animal abuse and suffering inside Central Valley Meat Co. (CVM), a slaughterhouse in Hanford, California. CVM is a major supplier to the USDA’s National School Lunch Program and other federal food initiatives.” Read more about the investigation on Compassion Over Killing’s investigation page.
From USDA eyes whether tainted beef entered food supply inВ Telegram & Gazette:
The video appears to show workers bungling the slaughter of cows struggling to walk and even stand. Under federal regulations, sick animals cannot be slaughtered for human consumption.
The investigation will determine whether sick cows were slaughtered and whether meat products from the company should be recalled, a spokesman for the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service said.
The agency suspended operations Monday at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford after receiving the video Friday from the animal welfare group Compassion Over Killing. The footage shows animals bleeding and thrashing after being repeatedly shot in the head with a pneumatic gun in unsuccessful efforts to render them unconscious for slaughter.
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