USDA recalls 143 mil lbs of beef from California slaughterhouse

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recalled 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a Southern California slaughterhouse that is being investigated for mistreating cattle.

Officials say it's the largest beef recall in the United States, surpassing a 1999 ban of 35 million pounds of ready-to-eat meats.

The federal agency says the recall will affect beef products dating to February first, 2006, that came from Chino-based Westland-Hallmark Meat Company.

Officials say the company supplies meat to the federal school lunch program and to some major fast-food chains.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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