Food inspectors aren’t doing their job
The recall of 143 million pounds of beef raises disturbing questions about the safety of this nation’s food supply.
Inspectors for the U.S. Department of Agriculture are supposed to patrol the ramps and pens of slaughterhouses, watching for problems such as sick and “downer,” or non-ambulatory, cattle that could pass on diseases. In fact, eight on-site inspectors worked at Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. of Chino, Calif., the target of the USDA recall, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Yet it took an animal-rights group, the Humane Society of the United States, to make an undercover video showing apparently sick cows being dragged, prodded and otherwise tortured into pens for slaughter.