Chino slaughterhouse has prior citations |

Chino slaughterhouse has prior citations

CHINO, Calif. (AP) ” A Chino slaughterhouse shut down this week by federal officials for allegedly mistreating cattle was previously cited for using electric prods on animals.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture cited Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. in 2005 for “too much electric prodding” of cattle and other violations of federal humane slaughter policies at the Westland plant in Chino.

Westland Meat Co. voluntarily suspended operations last week after the release of undercover video taken by the Humane Society of the United States. The video showed, among other things, ramming of downed cattle with forklifts.

The Agriculture Department then suspended Westland operations.

School districts in western Nevada County, as well as others across the nation, have removed all beef entrees from school lunch menus until further notice from the Department of Agriculture as a result of outrage over the incident and concern about meat from sick animals possibly getting into the food supply to schools and affecting children.


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