Senators Push USDA To Step Up Meat Inspection

Law360, New York (February 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- U.S. senators are putting the heat on the Department of Agriculture to enforce tougher standards for meat inspection after a massive beef recall earlier this month prompted concerns about food safety and animal cruelty.

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), chairman of the Senate agriculture appropriations subcommittee, held a hearing Thursday on the Feb. 17 Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. voluntary recall of 143 million pounds of meat. It was the largest meat recall in U.S. history.

Kohl and others called on Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer to increase surveillance...
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