The U. S. Department of Agriculture is conducting investigations into the case involving a Central California slaughterhouse to determine if meat from sick animals reached the food sully chain for human consumption after a video was sent to the agency by animal welfare activists.
The video reportedly shows workers taking cows that were struggling to even stand properly, to the slaughterhouse. The US federal regulations restrict the slaughter of sick animals for human consumption in the country.
The investigators from the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service will find out if sick cows were slaughtered and if meat from sick animals reached the food supply chain for consumption by humans. The agency has already suspended the operations of Monday at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford after it received the video from the animal welfare group Compassion Over Killing.
The USDA acknowledged that the it found inhumane practices in the video but the video does not confirm if the meat from sick animals reached the food chain. The investigations are ongoing on the matter.
Al Almanza, administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service said, "We have not substantiated a food safety violation at this time. We are aggressively continuing to investigate the allegations."
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