Hearing on Beef Recall Brings Industry and State Officials Together

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 25, 2008

The Chino-based company that supplied beef to the national school lunch program is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the industry is in crisis.  So says Rosemary Mucklow, Director Emeritus of the Oakland based National Meat Association.  Mucklow was questioned by Democratic state Senator Dean Florez about the recalled beef’s safety.

(Florez) So should schools serve this?  (Rosemary) We believe that there is no health risk to children and we are very regretful that the recall has proceeded in this way.”

The recall of beef from meat packer Westland Hallmark came about after Humane Society video showed plant workers pushing sick cattle to slaughter.

State health officials testified they’re contacting companies that obtained the meat for distribution. But they say the type of recall indicates there is low risk to public health.  Senator Florez says he wants the state to monitor slaughterhouses and will push for surveillance cameras.