On Sunday the U.S. Department of Agriculture demanded the recall of 143 million pounds of beef – over one hundred million pounds more than has ever been recalled. And just where did this unfit-for-human-consumption crap-steak come from?
Can you guess?
That's right. Orange County. Well, almost. And what's the grossest place almost in Orange County? Come on, you watched the show.
The problem? So-called “downer” animals, which not only bring down the morale of the rest of the herd, but also tend to wallow in feces and brim with bacteria. Mmmm – Crispy McFeces Wrap, anyone? From the AP via the Reg:
Authorities said the video showed workers kicking, shocking and otherwise abusing “downer” animals that were apparently too sick or injured to walk into the slaughterhouse. Some animals had water forced down their throats, San Bernardino County prosecutor Michael Ramos said.
So naturally employees from Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. used a forklift to drive, prod or just drag the less ambulatory aminals to their deaths. Then the Humane Society videotaped 'em at work.