Westland/Hallmark Meat Packing—responsible for the nation’s largest beef recall—says his company’s beef was actually SAFE! The Associated Press reports:You got to love corporate blah-blah-blah. Steve Mendell, president of
The head of the Southern California slaughterhouse at the center of the largest beef recall in U.S. history said Wednesday no unsafe beef was processed at his plant but that his company is ruined despite no evidence of contamination.I don’t know about you, but between mad cow disease, mistreatment of farm animals, and rapid hormone and chemical use, I wouldn’t trust a single greasy word from some fat cat meat exec—would you? I hope not.
Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. President Steve Mendell defended himself strongly in testimony being presented to a congressional panel. It was his first public comment since undercover video of apparent abuses of crippled cattle at his plant led to its shutdown and last month's recall of 143 million pounds of beef.
Mendell contended that the cows shown unable to walk in the Humane Society of the United States video were designated to be euthanized. He said they were not being sent to slaughter in violation of federal rules barring most "downer" cows from the food supply because they carry a higher risk of infection.