Thursday, February 7, 2008
Many schools in Florida stop serving beef
A number of Florida schools have stopped serving beef with school lunches. Stories are available from the Sun-Sentinel, the St. Pete Times, the Tampa Tribune, and the Orlando Sentinel. The cessation follows the the Humane Society of the United States' release of a video that captured some shockingly cruel treatment of downer cows at a California slaughterhouse. The slaughterhouse in question is a major supplier to school lunch programs around the country. Since the video release, a number of major news outlets have reported on the story, including the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the L.A. Times. Yesterday, the USDA closed the plant, which is an available administrative action in cases where the Food Safety and Inspection Service finds "egregious violations of humane handling regulations."