Stan Painter, President of the National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals presses Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer for answers regarding the largest beef recall in U.S. history. In his letter, Painter reports that inspectors from Hallmark Meats had expressed concerns to union stewards regarding the handling of “downer cows” and were subsequently threatened.

Painter’s letter also asks pointed questions about the beef sent to the National School Lunch program and its potential for Mad Cow disease.