that recalled Californian beef we learned about yesterday, has most likely already been eaten. CNN explains:Again, whether you eat beef or not, this should give you the creeps. It seems
Federal officials are trying to track down the 143 million pounds of beef recalled Sunday, but they say that most of it has probably been eaten.I don’t eat beef, but my friends do, my family does. I don’t want them exposed to “sick meat.” This is a food-supply issue—it transcends carnivore, vegan, or vegetarian hang-ups—shame on Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company!
Keith Williams, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman, said investigators have found no cases of illness related to the recalled meat…
…Dick Raymond, the undersecretary of agriculture for food safety said cattle that had passed pre-slaughter inspections but then lost the ability to walk were slaughtered without being re-examined for chronic illness by an inspector, a practice he said violated federal regulations and had been going on for at least two years….
…Raymond said the average age of the cattle involved is 5 to 7 years, meaning most of them were probably born long after a 1997 ban on a type of cattle feed suspected to cause the disease. He said the incidence of the disease in U.S. cattle is "extremely rare."
It's important to keep downed cattle out of the food supply because the animals have weaker immune systems and sometimes wallow in feces, raising the risk of contamination, according to The Associated Press.