By Nicole Gaouette, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
March 13, 2008
WASHINGTON — The president of the Chino meatpacking plant that triggered the largest beef recall in U.S. history admitted Wednesday that crippled cows, which are more likely to carry disease, probably entered the food supply at his company.
“Obviously my system broke down,” said Steve Mendell, president of Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., once a major supplier to the school lunch program.Mendell initially told a House oversight subcommittee that “downer” cows at his plant “were not slaughtered, ground or sold.”But after lawmakers screened a graphic undercover video that showed ailing cows being jabbed with electric prods, beaten and rolled with forklifts toward slaughter, Mendell acknowledged that the four-minute clip did indeed show that at least two cows were processed into food.
Read the full story —> Panel Grills Packing Plant President
Again, panel members act like the problems in our food supply is new news someone should really be grilling them.
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