Feds Say Petaluma Slaughterhouse Skirted Inspection Rules

CBS San Francisco

PETALUMA (KPIX 5) – New details are coming out about a Bay Area slaughterhouse at the center of a massive recall skirted inspection rules, according to federal authorities.

While the government hasn’t said much, it is investigating an apparent scheme to get sick cows into the system and onto people’s dinner plates.

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The feds said what was happening at Rancho Feeding Corporation for an entire year was not always routine and deliberately so.

On Friday, the USDA said the Petaluma slaughterhouse was not just slaughtering sick cows, but added that “inspectors were present at Rancho during normal operations as required by law. The ongoing investigation is associated with the company’s intermittent circumvention of inspection requirements.”

Officials said it basically involved sneaking sick cows in, behind the inspectors’ back.

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