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Settlement Reached in California Slaughterhouse Probe

November 27, 2013
Beef
The lawsuit against Westland Meat Co. and Hallmark Meat Packing Co. dates back to an animal abuse case from 2008.  
 
 

Source: Associated Press

Several California slaughterhouses and meat-packing facilities have agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement after allegations of inhumane treatment at their facilities led to a massive beef recall that included meat sold to the National School Lunch Program.


The settlement is valued at $155 million, but the federal government and the Humane Society of the United States expect to collect only about $3 million under terms announced Wednesday.

The Humane Society sued after recording undercover video of crippled and sick animals being kicked, shocked and shoved with forklifts at Chino-based Westland Meat Co. and Hallmark Meat Packing Co. The federal government joined the suit.

The 2008 allegations triggered a beef recall of 143 million pounds.

Westland will pay $240,000.

Hallmark previously paid $304,130.

Others alleged to be investors will pay $2.45 million. 

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