Cargill linked Beef Packers, Inc., Electrically Stunned Cows Prior to Slaughter

Source of Article:  http://www.marlerblog.com/

A USDA study published in August 2004 found that downer cows had three times more of the deadly bacterium E. coli O157:H7 than other cows. Salmonella also seemed to be more prevalent. According to a recent report by the Chicago News Tribune, downer cows typically have often have been milked for several years, leaving their bodies without the muscle, fat and calcium of grazing, well-fed beef cattle. In addition, dairy cows also can carry some common maladies, including mastitis, a bacterial infection of the udder; foot rot, which they can develop standing for long periods in manure, mud and damp straw; and Johne’s (pronounced yo-neez) disease. Scientists think these diseases are not carried into the human food chain, with one exception. Health and animal scientists are currently debating whether the traits of Johne’s are responsible for Crohn’s disease in humans.

Now, according to Garance Burke, super AP reporter, USDA records show that Cargill linked - Beef Packers, Inc., that recalled tons of hamburger meat due to salmonella fears was slapped with humane handling violations in a government review of meatpacking plants last year.

At least 28 people in three Western states have reported salmonella-related illnesses since Fresno-based Beef Packers Inc. (Cargill) recalled nearly 826,000 pounds of ground beef last Thursday.

U.S. Department of Agriculture auditors visited there in March 2008. Inspection records show some cattle there were being electrically stunned and rendered unconscious so they could be pulled through an area inside the slaughterhouse.  Although the video below is from the infamous Hallmark Westland incident (recall was eventually over 143,000,000 pounds), one can only imagine what was ongoing in Fresno.

Posted on August 11, 2009 by Bill Marler

 

 

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