USDA recalls 143 million lbs. of beef, some served in TN schools

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday

is issuing a recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a

Southern California slaughterhouse that is being investigated for

mistreating cattle.

The federal agency said the recall will affect beef products

dating to Feb. 1, 2006, that came from Chino-based

Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., which supplies meat to the federal

school lunch program and to some major fast-food chains.

Federal officials suspended operations at Westland/Hallmark

after an undercover video surfaced showing crippled and sick

animals being shoved with forklifts.

A pen manager faces five felony counts of animal cruelty. Three

misdemeanor counts were filed against an employee who worked under

that manager. Both were fired.