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2014-06-05

Meat recall investigation uncovers Hidden evidence of cancer in cows

By Sarah Von Alt

By Sarah Von Alt
Mercy for Animals
www.mercyforanimals.org

Editor's note: In February, the Courier published an article about a voluntary Hot Pockets® recall. The recall was apparently tied to the use of "diseased beef" by Rancho Feeding Corporation. Rancho Feeding is one of the companies that supplied meat to Nestlé USA for use in its Hot Pockets®. As Paul Harvey used to say, "This is the rest of the story.")

A recent CNN article highlights the ongoing investigation into the recall of a massive nine million pounds of tainted meat by the Rancho Feeding Corporation earlier this year, one of the largest meat recalls in recent years.
Claiming that the meat may have come from "diseased and unsound: animals who weren't properly inspected, the United States Department of Agriculture ordered its removal from commerce.
According to the article, "Investigators now believe that Rancho was buying diseased dairy cows and processing them when government inspectors weren't there. After the cows were killed, employees would hide the warning signs of cancer by trimming off diseased parts, using a fake stamp of approval or even replacing the heads of sick cows with ones from healthy animals. It's unclear which employees were involved, officials said."
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(For more articles on veganism, check out: Vegan Specialty Store Opens in Texas. Everything's Bigger in Texas - Except Meat and Help Make Your Town As VeganFriendly As Dallas - Yes, Dallas!)