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Thu Feb 28 2008Are Tumors, Abscesses, and Downed Cows in your Hamburger?
Thu Feb 28 2008The Cost of Living in a Fast Food Nation
Local and national media are reporting on the recall of 143 million pounds of meat from a southern California slaughterhouse. More than 70 school districts and social service agencies in the Central Valley ended up with some of that meat. But, the issue of contaminated meat might be a lot more problematic and local than we have been told. According to Steven Gomez*, who worked for six months at Cargill Regional Beef in Fresno, the practices that led to the current recall at the Hallmark Meat Company in southern California happen every day locally.
"They use downer cows all the time," Gomez told Mike Rhodes in an exclusive interview. Gomez said it was common practice for workers in the southwest Fresno slaughterhouse to hit downed cows with sticks and eventually pick them up with a fork lift to get them onto the kill floor. According to Karen Stump*, who also worked at Cargill, "they would shoot the cow because it couldn't get up and then they would bring them into the kill room with a fork lift." Both Gomez and Stump said those downer cows would be processed and put into the food stream with all of the other cows.
According to a statement from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the group that uncovered the southern California incident that led to the current recall, "downer cows must not be used for food-plain and simple. As the HSUS video shows, this is necessary to protect animals from suffering. As science has made clear, this is necessary to protect food safety. The practice of slaughtering downed cows is especially troubling now that the link between downed cattle and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, has been firmly established. Of the 15 known cases of BSE-infected animals discovered in North America, at least 12 involved downed animals."
* Steven Gomez and Karen Stump are not the whistleblowers' real names. Photos and full story
1.8 Million Acres of Sierra Nevada Habitat Protected for Imperiled Frogs, Toads Thursday Aug 25th 10:18 AM
Winnemem Wintu Tribe supports the Standing Rock Sioux Protectors Tuesday Aug 23rd 4:21 PM
Grazing in National Forest Restricted to Protect Rare California Frogs, Toads Monday Aug 22nd 4:23 PM
Yurok Tribe finds deadly disease in Klamath River salmon Monday Aug 22nd 2:19 PM
CTC Whistleblower Kathy Carroll Jury Awards $3.1 M AG Harris & Brown In Cover-Up (3 comments) Saturday Aug 20th 11:58 PM
Big Oil Money Gushes Over Sacramento, LA Times & Brown's Dirty Hands (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 16th 5:53 PM
Consumer Watchdog slams Jerry Brown over receiving $9.8 million in fossil fuel donations Monday Aug 15th 5:27 PMMore Local News...
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Justice For CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll-Statement At Sacramento Trial (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 9th 9:56 PM
Fired CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll's Lawyer Dan Siegel On Retaliation Witnesses (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 2nd 7:55 AM
Africa Day 2016 at the California State Capitol featuring Roots Sunday Friday May 20th 4:37 AM
West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry Thursday Apr 14th 3:32 PM
Acidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells Tuesday Mar 22nd 7:40 PM
Kwanzaa, "first fruits of the harvest" is a "California Grown" International Holiday Tuesday Dec 15th 2:56 PM
Paris Panels to Explore International Movement to Ban Fracking Monday Dec 7th 4:24 PMMore Global News...
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USDA Unviels New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Agriculture Entrepreneurs Friday Apr 29th 10:56 PM
ALRB approved: Here’s what the UFW says you get for 3% of your salary Monday Apr 25th 5:49 PM
UFW pays millions to itself & cronies, and ZERO for its dues-paying members (3 comments) Sunday Apr 24th 4:45 PM
Workers “never” have a right to witness mediation, California says Thursday Apr 21st 11:30 PM
Nice Pick Justice turnout at court in Fresno Thursday Apr 21st 5:51 PM
Judge again says ALRB and UFW colluded on litigation strategy Thursday Apr 21st 5:36 PM
LA Times report validates Pick Justice’s positions about UFW & ALRB Thursday Apr 21st 5:22 PMOpen Newswire...
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