Beef, food safety and school lunches


Hallmark/Westland beef recall becomes flashpoint in debate over meat safety and quality of USDA school lunches. Lawmakers begin hearings this week. To show fitness for food supply, cows must walk up an inclined serpentine 90-foot chute before being killed, but video footage showed workers using electrical-shock devices, forklifts and high-pressure water hoses to make sick or injured cattle stand.

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Tags: American Meat Institute Foundation, Anthony Magidow, Arrowsight, BSE, Daniel Ugarte Navarro, Deborah Ploghaus, downer cows, Ed Schafer, Elizabeth Williamson, federal school lunch program, Food and Nutrition Service, Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co., Herb Kohl, Humane Society, James Hodges, Juan Acevedo, kill box, Les Johnson, Luis Sanchez, mad cow, National School Lunch Program, NSLP, Press-Enterprise, Steve Mendell, USDA, Wayne Pacelle

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