Cows and the recall
Two important points about the beef recall: One is the inspiration for it – misbehavior by slaughterhouse workers caught on tape. It’s a reminder of the ubiquitous nature of surreptitious filming in the digital age.
A Baltimore police officer was recently suspended after he was caught on tape berating and abusing an errant skateboarder at the Inner Harbor. Is all this undercover filming a bad thing? Depends on who is catching whom, doesn’t it? In this case, the U.S. Humane Society filmed workers at a meat packing plant beating cows on the head to get them to stand up so they could be taken to pens for slaughter.
You can read the story here. Why is it important that cows be standing up? That gets to the second point.
As the Associated Press reports: Federal regulations require keeping downed cattle out of the food supply because they typically wallow in feces, their immune systems are often weak and they pose a higher risk of contamination from E. coli, salmonella or mad cow disease.