For the third time in four years, Central Valley Meat, a dairy cow slaughterhouse in Hanford, California, was shut down by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
While the specific details are uncertain, it’s reported that local authorities were called to the scene to investigate “possible assault or battery,” and a statement from the USDA suggests that slaughter plant operations were “halted” after an employee “impeded food safety inspection.”
This is the same facility that was shut down by the USDA in 2014 for failing to meet standards relating to cleanliness — and it was also shut down by the USDA in 2012 after a COK investigator documented egregious inhumane treatment and torture of cows, many of whom were too sick or injured to walk.
COK’s gut-wrenching undercover video (embedded below) also prompted several major companies, including Costco, McDonald’s, and In-N-Out Burger to sever ties with this facility. And this story of animal abuse made national and international headlines.
Central Valley Meat is also a major supplier to the USDA’s National School Lunch Program and other federal food initiatives. And while no meat recalls have been issued in relation to these three shutdowns, in 2013 the USDA announced that Central Valley Meat recalled an estimated 90,000 pounds of ground meat based on concerns that it may contain small pieces of plastic.
Despite the facility’s history of rampant animal abuse, meat recalls, and food safety issues, Central Valley Meat is already back in operation.
Read more about our investigation inside Central Valley Meat, and take steps to protect your health—and animals—by leaving meat off your plate.
WARNING: Graphic video