About 143 MILLION lbs of beef recalled. Largest beef recall in U.S. history. Millions affected, no one yet proven infected. “Great majority” of beef eaten already:
A slaughterhouse that has been accused of mistreating cows agreed Sunday to recall 143 million pounds of beef in what federal officials called the largest beef recall in U.S. history… investigators have found no cases of illness related to the recalled meat… there was a “remote probability” that the meat from the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company in Chino, California, could cause illness in humans.
The amount of beef — 143 million pounds — is roughly enough for two hamburgers for each man, woman and child in the United States.
…cattle that had lost the ability to walk since passing pre-processing inspections were slaughtered without an inspector having examined them for chronic illness — a practice he said violated federal regulations and had been going on for at least two years…
The recall dates back to February 1, 2006… “the great majority” of the meat has probably been eaten already.
Federal inspectors halted operations at the plant earlier this month after finding “clear violations” of USDA regulations. California prosecutors on Friday announced animal cruelty charges against two former employees of the plant.