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Petaluma Slaughterhouse Indicted for Selling Condemned Beef


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Cattle graze on April 24, 2014 in Tomales, California.
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Cattle graze on April 24, 2014 in Tomales, California.

The Rancho Feeding Corp. has been indicted for selling tainted beef that was condemned by USDA inspectors and processed from cows with eye cancer. The Petaluma slaughterhouse was shut down earlier this year amid an international recall of nearly 9 million pounds of processed beef. Now, three employees have been charged with 11 felony counts, including misleading USDA inspectors and processing and distributing condemned meat. What do these indictments mean for the beef industry and food safety in the Bay Area?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University and author of books including "Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics"
  • James Cullor, professor and director of the UC Davis Dairy Food Safety Laboratory
  • Mina Kim, reporter for KQED who has been following this story

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