WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal audit of 18 beef slaughterhouses
after the nation's largest beef recall has found humane handling
violations in three of them. One plant was temporarily suspended.
The audit by the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and
Inspection Service found that one plant was insufficiently stunning
animals, which failed to make them insensible to pain before
slaughter. That plant has taken corrective actions and its
suspension was lifted. None of the plants were identified.
The audit results were provided to the chairman of the Senate
Appropriations agriculture subcommittee, Wisconsin Democrat Herb
Kohl, for a hearing he was holding Tuesday on the USDA's response
to the beef recall.
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