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Feds: Slaughterhouse Swapped Heads to Fool Inspectors

4 indicted over massive recall of diseased beef

(Newser) - Workers at the Rancho Feeding Corp. were up to something pretty stomach-churning while inspectors were on their lunch break, according to a federal indictment: They slaughtered cows with eye cancer, hid the heads in gut bins, and placed the heads of healthy cows next to the carcasses. The co-owners and... More »

Inspector, Boss at Beef Recall Plant Had Relationship: New Report

Owner says romance unrelated to 9M-pound recall

(Newser) - Remember that Hot Pocket recall earlier this year? A new investigation is revealing new details about the Rancho Feeding Corp. plant at the center of the story involving 9 million pounds of beef. Documents show that a USDA inspector at the California plant had an illicit relationship with its foreman,... More »

Huge Beef Recall Just Got More Disturbing

Rancho Feeding Corp. accused of chopping off cancerous cow heads, selling meat

(Newser) - The Rancho Feeding Corp. beef recall just potentially got even more disgusting: The federal government is investigating the slaughterhouse for allegedly buying cows with eye cancer—and chopping off their heads so the disease couldn't be detected by inspectors, sources tell the San Francisco Chronicle . "Because the carcass... More »

Hot Pockets Recalled Over 'Diseased' Meat

As Rancho Feeding Corp. recalls almost 9M pounds of meat

(Newser) - As if Hot Pockets weren't questionable enough, a bunch of them are being pulled from shelves because they might contain diseased meat. Nestlé is recalling certain batches of the Philly Steak & Cheese flavor as well as the Croissant Crust Philly Steak & Cheese flavor, KTLA reports, because those... More »

8.7M Lbs. of 'Diseased, Unsound' Meat Recalled

California-based firm's beef, veal products weren't properly inspected

(Newser) - Bad news for Americans who consume food, specifically of the meat variety: California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation is recalling some 8.7 million pounds of beef and veal products after feds determined that it "processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit... More »

USDA Recalls Beef Meant for School Lunches

Plastic pieces found in meat

(Newser) - If you sent your children to school for "hot lunch" this morning, you’ll want to see this… or maybe you won’t. The USDA recalled beef after small pieces of plastic were found in it—but it’s who the meat was meant for that’s grabbing headlines.... More »

Horsemeat Strikes Again: Dutch Pull 50K Tons of 'Beef'

Recall affects some 500 companies throughout Europe

(Newser) - Dutch authorities are recalling some 50,000 tons of meat that was sold as beef across Europe and possibly containing horse meat, because the exact source of the meat cannot be established. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority said today that around 370 different companies around Europe and... More »

Feds Mandate Nation-of-Origin Labels for Meat, Produce

But new law covers as little as possible: critics

(Newser) - Grocery shoppers will soon be able to tell their Argentine steak from their Midwest chicken at a glance, as a new federal law mandating nation-of-origin labels kicks in Sept. 30. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) will cover everything from fruit and nuts to beef, lamb, and chicken, reports the Chicago ... More »

Beef Recall Expands to 5.3M Pounds

Nebraska Beef cited for unsanitary conditions by feds

(Newser) - Nebraska Beef is expanding a recall to include all 5.3 million pounds of meat it produced for ground beef between May 16 and June 26. Federal investigators have linked the company's products to an outbreak of E. coli illnesses affecting 40 people in Michigan and Ohio. Some Nebraska Beef... More »

New Methods Help Make Beef Jerky Safer

Longer drying, higher temps kill off more E. coli, salmonella

(Newser) - Good news for meat lovers in a time of massive beef recalls: Researchers at Kansas State have found a way to make beef jerky safer from E. coli and salmonella, LiveScience reports. They found that a longer drying time would eliminate the pathogens in contaminated beef samples, offering a low-cost... More »

Meat Company Chief Admits Sick Cows Were Slaughtered

He backtracks after watching second video

(Newser) - The president of the California slaughterhouse caught up in a scandal over the abuse of cattle admitted to Congress today that sick cows from his plant entered the food supply, the Los Angeles Times reports. He backtracked from an earlier denial after a House panel made him watch a second... More »

Cattle Horror Worker: Just 'Following Orders'

Ag secretary insists meat supply is safe

(Newser) - A worker shown in a shocking undercover video jabbing apparently sick cows to their feet for slaughter was following orders from management, his lawyer said yesterday. The attorney made the accusation as he negotiated with federal investigators to work out a plea deal for his client, reports the Wall Street ... More »

Disgraced Meatpacker to Close Doors

Hallmark/Westland sees no hope of recovery after biggest recall ever

(Newser) - The biggest meat recall in history will put a fork in Hallmark/Westland, the meatpacker’s general manager told the Wall Street Journal. “I don’t see any way we could reopen,” he said. The USDA has said the California company could reopen under the right conditions, but demands... More »

Meat Industry Pushes for Recall Cutback

School lunch programs received big chunk of problematic beef

(Newser) - The meat industry is trying to convince the USDA to ease up on the largest meat recall in the country's history, the Wall Street Journal reports. Government officials entertained the possibility of exempting products made up only partly of the recalled beef but apparently decided against relaxing the action. “... More »

USDA Recalls 143M Lbs of Beef

SoCal slaughterhouse involved under investigation for animal cruelty

(Newser) - The USDA today issued its biggest recall ever, recalling 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a slaughterhouse in Southern California that is currently being investigated for animal cruelty. The recall affects meat dating to Feb. 1 that originated in Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. The company distributes beef to major fast-food... More »

Wisc. Firm Recalls 96K Lbs. Beef Over E. Coli Fears

Two reports of illness from contaminated meat prompt state investigation

(Newser) - American Foods Group voluntarily recalled 96,000 pounds of ground beef after two people in Illinois were sickened from possible E. coli contamination, the AP reports. The affected beef was distributed to companies in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Some of the recalled goods, produced on Oct.... More »

Cargill Recalls 1M Pounds of Ground Beef

E. Coli contamination is the company's second in a month

(Newser) - E. coli fears led to a recall today of more than 1 million pounds of ground beef from Cargill Inc., Reuters reports. The USDA found the potentially deadly bacteria after testing meat produced October 8 in Pennsylvania and sold in 10 states at stores including Giant, Shop Rite, Stop &... More »

Sam's Club Recalls Beef in E. coli Scare

Frozen patties sold under Angus brand sicken four kids

(Newser) - In yet another recall of bad meat, Sam's Club has pulled a brand of frozen hamburgers from its shelves after four children were sickened with E. coli. The warehouse chain, owned by Wal-Mart, recalled American Chef's Selection Angus Beef Patties. They have an expiration date of Feb. 12, 2008, and... More »

Company in Beef Recall Folds

Economic strain of E. coli contamination was too much for firm to bear

(Newser) - Citing its inability to "overcome the economic reality of a recall this large," Topps Meat Co. announced today it will fold. The nation's largest producer of frozen hamburgers, a stalwart in Elizabeth, NJ, for 67 years, laid off 77 workers, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. A skeleton crew of... More »

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