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Hallmark and Westland Saga Continues to Expand

I spoke with Julie Schmit of USA TODAY during a layover in Dallas on my way home about her story this morning “Feds still tracing millions of pounds of recalled meat.” She reported that: “Federal officials said Thursday that more than a third of the meat recalled Sunday in the largest meat recall ever went to federal nutrition programs, and that 15.5 million pounds of that are still being traced. About 50.3 million of the 143 million pounds of meat recalled by Westland/Hallmark Meat were sold to federal programs, including the school lunch program. Of that, 19.6 million pounds were consumed and 15.2 million pounds have been found, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.” Although the size of the recall matters, here is the shocking part:

The department also said that all products that contained any of the recalled meat should not be consumed. That could include many more millions of pounds of product, ranging from spaghetti sauce to canned ravioli.

As I told her, extending the recall to include comingled and finished products is unheard of given no reports of illness and no hard evidence that the abused cattle were suffering from “Mad Cow” – cautious and safe, but unheard of.

"It’s really unprecedented given what appears to be no illnesses and an exceedingly low risk," said William Marler, a prominent plaintiff’s attorney.

  • Trudy Jackson

    Dear Sir;
    Doesn’t anyone understand that just because no one is sick right now means nothing. “Mad Cow” can take years to develope and by then it’s too late. My grandchildren ate this food in school. I couldn’t be any more upset than I am right now. God only knows what will happen in the future.
    Trudy

  • 3catkidneyfailure

    According to the CDC, the human version of mad cow
    does not show symptoms for somewhere between 10 and 40 years. Who knows presently how many people were
    affected by Hallmark/Westland’s downer cattle?
    http://www.mass.gov/dph/cdc/factsheets/madcow.htm

  • Ann H

    If I’m reading all the posted documents, the meat wasn’t tested for BSE was it? If my memory serves me correctly, that is the major reason US beef isn’t welcome as exports. And, the beef industry also exerted an extreme amount of lobbying to prevent one company from testing for BSE as they didn’t want competition from consumers choosing that beef over others that declined to test.
    You all just don’t get it.
    BSE isn’t a flu, it’s an illness that develops over time.
    Now, I read HSUS in the infamous Geiger says pet food. It’s ok for cats to get infected?
    I’m sickened by the attitude of HSUS, the USDA, the FDA and the Pet Food Industry… oh yes, and the Beef companies or companies such as Costco who is holding the beef instead of destroying it..
    Stupid is as Stupid does…Bad science and really bad and ill informed comments from those who SHOULD understand.. you kill the consumer.. you kill your business…
    Someday, I hope & pray, the beef industry feels the pain of good science they ignored in class action lawsuits, and those stores who chose to be blind to the reasons why beef is slaughtered at the age they are (mad cow shows up when?)…
    That’s a good class project for all the children and parents, and the USDA school food program supports to explore…
    NO MORE..