The U.S. will be legally obligated to inspect horse-slaughtering plants if Congress doesn’t act to reinstate a ban on the killing of the animals, which would only be used in meat for export, the Department of Agriculture said.
The recall of about 36 million pounds of Cargill Inc. turkey meat “shook people up” to the need for tougher poultry rules, said Elisabeth Hagen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for food safety.
U.S. officials didn’t press Cargill Inc. to recall turkey potentially tainted by salmonella sooner because of conflicting, incomplete data, prompting consumer advocates to call for a more-aggressive approach.
China, the world’s largest pork consumer, has banned meat from a Seaboard Corp. plant in Guymon, Oklahoma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on its website . Meat packed as of June 21 is not eligible for export, the USDA said. The plant produces pork, according to the company’s website.
Undercover video of inhumane handling at Central Valley Meat Co., a California slaughterhouse that supplies beef to the nation’s school lunch program, doesn’t show injured “downer” cattle entering the food supply, U.S. regulators said.