not just some hippie storyMon, February 18, 2008 - 8:37 AM
"Federal officials are trying to track down the 143 million pounds of beef recalled Sunday, but they say that most of it has probably been eaten."
"The Humane Society released video that showed workers kicking cows, jabbing them near their eyes, ramming them with a forklift and shooting high-pressure water up their noses in an effort to force them to their feet for slaughter."
"It's important to keep downed cattle out of the food supply because the animals have weaker immune systems and sometimes wallow in feces, raising the risk of contamination, according to The Associated Press."
" About 37 million pounds of the recalled meat went to school lunch programs and other federal nutrition programs since October 2006, said Ron Vogel of the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.
Most of the beef was sent to distribution centers in bulk packages. The USDA said it will work with distributors to determine how much meat remains, the AP reported."
Lisa and I have been buying "Hebrew National" hotdogs when we crave beef, with the hope that it goes through higher standards. Its probably only time before somebody points out how delusional we are about that (maybe this blog post will accelerate it).
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This is so gross. It makes me really glad that I don't eat meat. If I was going to eat meat, this is where I would get it from:
Second choice, Whole Foods.
Hot dogs? You are definitely being delusional.
I don't eat meat.
But Hebrew National has to be Kosher Slaughtered, which means the cow must be standing on her own, and be healthy, free of any diseases, blemishes or defects. It doesn't have to mean that the cow has not been fed hormones, but once a cow is downed it cannot be slaughtered, and a slaughterhouse has too much to lose, financially, if its meat is declared Traif (not Kosher) by the omnipresent Rabbis.