Documents show what happened at shuttered slaughterhouse
An indictment says that nearly 80 cows with a form of eye cancer were passed onto the food supply. (KTVU/CNN)
When the plant was closed in Feb., 8.7 million pounds of beef from the facility was recalled. (Source: KTVU/CNN)
(KTVU/CNN) – A federal grand jury indictment is shedding light on what authorities say happened at a now-shuttered slaughterhouse that led to a massive beef recall.
What the unsealed indictments says occurred at the now-closed Rancho Feeding Corporation in Petaluma, CA is chilling.
The indictment says that approximately 79 cows with a form of eye skin cancer called epithelioma were passed onto the food supply. It says that under orders from slaughterhouse co-owner Jesse Amaral, two managers, Felix Cabrera and Eugene Corda, “placed heads from apparently healthy cows, which had previously (passed inspection) next to the cancer eye carcasses.”
Why didn't federal inspectors catch it?
“This switch and slaughter of uninspected cancer eye cows occurred ruing the inspectors' lunch breaks.”
The indictment also says that between Jan. 2013 and Jan. 2014, the employees distributed meat that failed inspection. That they, “directed kill floor employees to carve “USDA Condemned” stamps out of the cattle carcasses and to process for transport, sale and distribution.”
The Petaluma plant closed in February, but not before 8.7 million pounds of beef processed at the facility were recalled.