In August I posted an article titled: Free and Reduced Lunch: Getting What You Paid For. The article offers a background on the history of safety issues found within the plants processing meats destine for the National School Lunch Program.

More recently ABC News reported that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) made public their findings in an undercover investigation of Westland Meat Company based in Chino, California. According to a HSUS official at least some of the cattle sold for meat were “spent dairy cows” either too sick or too old to produce milk.

The slaughter of sick cattle or “downer cows” is banned in the U.S. to protect consumers from Mad Cow Disease. In addition to the threat posed to human health, HSUS also released a video taped showing sick animals being tortured prior to slaughter. Employees drug the animals by chains and hoisted them on forklifts apparently for sport.

Westland Meat Company is the 2 largest supplier of beef to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Leaving my Stomach Swimming,

Brooke Trout