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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: Video Reveals Violations of Laws, Abuse of Cows at Slaughterhouse
Date: January 31, 2008 at 2:06 pm PST

In Reply to: Video Reveals Violations of Laws, Abuse of Cows at Slaughterhouse posted by TSS on January 30, 2008 at 8:10 am:

Release No. 0025.08
Contact:
Office of Communications (202) 720-4623


STATEMENT BY AGRICULTURE SECRETARY ED SCHAFER REGARDING THE HUMANE SOCIETY
OF THE UNITED STATES' HANDLING ALLEGATIONS

January 30, 2008

"I am deeply concerned about the allegations made regarding inhumane
handling of non-ambulatory disabled cattle in a federally inspected
slaughter establishment.

"We are confident in our inspection system and the food safety regulations
that ensure the safety and wholesomeness of the food supply. Among the
federal safeguards in place, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA)
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) prohibits non-ambulatory disabled
cattle and cattle tissue identified as specified risk materials for use in
human food.

"I have called on the Office of the Inspector General to work with FSIS and
the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to conduct an investigation
into this matter. As a result of the investigation, any violations of food
safety or humane handling laws will be immediately acted upon.

"While we are conducting our investigation, today, USDA has indefinitely
suspended Westland Meat Company as a supplier to Federal food and nutrition
programs. Westland Meat Company will not be permitted to produce or deliver
any products currently under contract. Under the suspension, no further
contracts will be awarded to Westland Meat Company. The suspension will
remain in effect until all investigations are complete and appropriate
action is taken by the Department. An administrative hold has been placed on
all Westland Meat Products that are in, or destined for Federal food and
nutrition programs.

"It is unfortunate that the Humane Society of the United States did not
present this information to us when these alleged violations occurred in the
fall of 2007. Had we known at the time the alleged violations occurred, we
would have initiated our investigation sooner, and taken appropriate actions
at that time."


http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2008/01/0025.xml


like i said, closing the barn door after the mad cows got loose.

how many more facilities just like this one are around ???

how many of our children and or elderly are now needlessly exposed ???

i know of one slaughter facility in Texas just like it. can't say to much
about though due to my relations with one of the workers on the kill floor.
he retired last year anyway. but i would bet my last dollar that there are
many more slaughtering facilities our there that are just like this one. ...


TSS






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