Huge Meat Recall Spurs Inspections, Criminal Charges

Law360, New York (February 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The largest meat recall in U.S. history has the Department of Agriculture promising to step up its inspection regimen, while two employees of the meatpacking plant at the center of the recall face animal-cruelty charges.

The Chino, Calif.-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Company voluntarily recalled 143 million pounds of beef on Sunday — everything it had produced since Feb. 1, 2006.

USDA officials conceded that most of the meat had already been eaten, but they noted that the recall was necessary to find the meat that was still...
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