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Meat company executive receives probation for illegal sales

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reported one criminal action for the last three months of 2017 in a quarterly enforcement report about the first quarter of the government’s 2018 fiscal year. John Lonczynski, president of Greenview Meats Inc. in East Hazleton, PA, was sentenced last Oct. 17 to one year of probation and… Continue Reading

What is a Downer Calf?


What is a downer calf? I will try and answer that question, and, in so doing, hope to better inform the 72 members of Congress who signed a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging him to prohibit the “slaughtering of non-ambulatory disabled calves (known as ‘downers’).” I will explain in… Continue Reading

The Cull Cow Quandry


Some of the most disgusting images of modern agriculture being presented to the American public are those of old cull cows being inhumanely treated and mishandled by workers in the slaughter house pens. The Humane Society of the United States, PETA and other organizations that want us to stop slaughtering animals for human consumption keep… Continue Reading

USDA Clears Central Valley Meat to Supply School Food Again

The U.S. Department of Agriculture late last week lifted its suspension of Central Valley Meat as a beef supplier for the federal nutrition programs, according to Meatingplace. The moves comes a few weeks after the company was shut down for several days following an undercover video that alleged egregious abuse of cows. The department concluded… Continue Reading

Food Safety Was Never at Risk at Central Valley Meat

Food safety was never at risk at Central Valley Meat, which was shut down for a week for inhumane treatment of animals. But USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has concluded that no downer cows entered the food supply, meaning incidents of inhumane treatment did not result in any food safety violations. The Hanford,… Continue Reading

USDA Allows Slaughterhouse Shut Down for Abuse to Resume Operations

One week after the U.S. Department of Agriculture withdrew inspectors from a California slaughterhouse over alleged animal abuse and inhumane slaughter, the agency gave the plant the green light to resume operations on Monday after reviewing the company’s corrective plan. The Food Safety and Inspection service said Central Valley Meat Co. submitted an “extensive corrective… Continue Reading

USDA Shuts Down CA Beef Plant After Video Shows Inhumane Treatment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture withdrew inspectors from Central Valley Meat in Hanford, California on Sunday after an undercover video alleged egregious violations of federal humane slaughter laws. The USDA was given footage from Compassion Over Killing, an animal rights group, that showed dairy cows being “repeatedly shocked and shot before being slaughtered,” according to… Continue Reading

Ban, Testing Helped in Discovery of 4th Mad Cow

A six-year span without any bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) cases in the U.S. is over as the prion disease has again been discovered in the nation’s cattle herd. A dairy cow in a central California dairy has been diagnosed with atypical BSE —  mad-cow disease —  according to both state and federal officials.  It is… Continue Reading