USDA recalls 143 million pounds of frozen beef

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  1. jilly

    jilly Registered User

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday recalled 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a Southern California slaughterhouse that is supplies meat to the federal school lunch program and to some major fast-food chains. Officials said it was the largest beef recall in the U.S. history

    http://www.cnn.com/

    Pretty scary.

    Federal officials suspended operations at Westland/Hallmark after an undercover video surfaced showing crippled and sick animals being shoved with forklifts

    I'm not watching the video!
     
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  3. Moe

    Moe New Member

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    Me either!
     
  4. paddy01

    paddy01 Former Member

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    Darn right it's scary, I spent 5 days in hospital in 2005, due to food poisoning. Salmonella can live in your intestines for up to a year. My was caused by eating an innocent looking hot dog :eek: Still can't eat them!
     
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  6. AmandaBrown23

    AmandaBrown23 Im just living among all the madness

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    Those poor animals.
     
  7. golfmom

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    That has to be some of the most disturbing video I have ever, ever, seen. :eek:
     
  8. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    BSE? please god it isn't BSE.
     
  9. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    I say people need to watch the video to understand how animals can be treated at slaughterhouses. :(

    it's disgusting. it needs to be addressed and understood.
     
  10. Marthatex

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    This really does need to be addressed; this reminds me of what Upton Sinclair wrote of, in "The Jungle".

    I'm glad I don't eat much beef at all; when I do I try to buy from good sources. That is criminal to supply that kind of beef to school lunches.

    I think I'm going to look more into the vegan diet.
     
  11. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    The USDA banned the use of "downer" cows for slaughter in 1989 after bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, began to spread across the United Kingdom.

    Regulations were tightened in 2003 after a cow with BSE was identified in Washington state.

    Studies by several universities have shown a correlation between "downer" cows and those with BSE, popularly known as mad cow disease.

    Of the 15 cases of mad cow disease found in North America -- most of them in Canada -- 12 have been from "downer" cows. Although it is rare, people can contract a form of the disease by eating meat from cows with BSE.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/education/la-me-humane31jan31,1,5209685.story
     
  13. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    JBean: from the video they look like downer cows. to me.
     
  14. JBean

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    they are downer cows Floh.
    ETA: that is the problem. they used these cruel methods to get the downer cows up on their feet to pass inspection.
     
  15. Pharlap

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    I'm not watching either....:chicken: :eek:
     
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    Hi Floh, I tried to watch video but, said video unvaliable at this time. I agree with you on this should be addressed. I'll try again later.
     
  17. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    Yes. they're in the food chain now. :(

    it destroyed the British beef industry.
     
  18. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    It probably being accessed by many at this moment in time. it's very, very sad. the film. :(
     
  19. JBean

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    This was originally a local issue for me so I have been following it. Don't watch the videos if you don't think you should. It is really sad.
     
  20. deanws

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    I read that book in High School! :eek: I will never forget it!:eek:
     
  21. Marthatex

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    Yes, it was assigned reading. :eek: :eek:
     

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