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USDA SHUTS DOWN CALIFORNIA MEAT PLANT
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

USDA has shut-down a California meat processor after failing to meet cleanliness standards.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) withdrew its inspectors from the Central Valley Meat Company in Hanford on Tuesday citing "insanitary conditions at the establishment."

FSIS says the suspension will be lifted "once we receive adequate assurances of corrective action."

The plant sells beef to the National School Lunch Program, Food Safety News reported that Central Valley accounted for roughly 16 percent of beef purchases made by USDA during the 2010-2011 school year.

While there are no recalls associated with this shut-down, the plant did recall 58,000 pounds of beef last September because it may contain small pieces of plastic.

This is the same plant that was shut down for a week in 2012 after an undercover video showed workers mistreating cattle at the plant.


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