Sunday, March 2, 2008

Hooooooold on there, Cow-maker...Part V

And it just keeps on coming...
The Westland/Hallmark Meat Company has closed.
Two workers from the company are facing criminal charges.
Two federal meat inspectors are suspended and placed on paid administrative leave.

It can only get better from here. Right? Not really.

Here in Orange County, some restaurant and market owners are a bit riled and disgruntled. Fresca's, one of about four hundred in Orange County, was placed on the beef recall list. American Companies, a Los Angeles meat-distributor, wrongfully sent in a list of clients not knowing which restaurants and markets contracted with the Westland/Hallmark Meat Company. The recall list was placed in newspapers this past week. Owners have been losing business, an economic paradigm if not for an imbalance in the agricultural food system we see here.

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