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News Summary: McDonald's suspends slaughterhouse


DAMAGED GOODS: The federal government and McDonald's Corp. have suspended purchases of meat from a California slaughterhouse after a covert video was published, showing workers bungling the slaughter of cows struggling to walk and even stand. Clips show workers kicking and shocking cows to get them to stand and walk to slaughter.

STRIKE TWO: The Hanford slaughterhouse is in the same city where a dairy cow at a rendering plant was discovered in April to have mad cow disease. The USDA said earlier this month it was an isolated case and didn't pose a threat to the food supply.

FALLOUT: McDonald's did not immediately say how much meat it had been buying. But a spokesman for the chain said the percentage of meat purchased from the slaughterhouse was in the single digits. Regional fast-food chain In-N-Out Burger previously suspended purchases after learning of the allegations of inhumane treatment. The New York Times reported that Costco Wholesale Corp. also suspended purchases. The USDA bought 21 million pounds of beef from the company in 2011 for the national school lunch and other federal food programs.


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