Central Valley Meat Company of Hanford, California recalled 58,240 pounds of ground beef this week because it contained bits of plastic. Last year, this same company was shut down by the USDA for inhumane handling of cattle. The company is one of the top suppliers to the National School Lunch Program.
“A few days after the plant was shut down, three U.S. Representatives from California stepped in, and sent a letter to the USDA calling for its immediate reopening. U.S. Representatives Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, and Jeff Denham said that its closure was hurting the economy, and the USDA needed ‘to intervene against the onslaught of attacks that are occurring at the behest of radical groups.’