The rule states that such downer cattle
must be humanely euthanized.
those too sick or injured to walk no longer will be allowed to enter U.S.
The downer cattle
issue became known because of a clandestine video taken by the Humane Society.
Dairy farmers stand to lose income if the government honors congressional demands for a total ban on downer cattle
after a California slaughterhouse failed to keep them out of the food supply, according to the Associated Press.
Among other findings, the HCRA concluded that removing downer cattle
would reduce potential human exposure.
This February, many shoppers had the winter doldrums longer than usual, not only because it had an extra day, but also because of layers of gloomy news about downer cattle
, beef recalls, rising food and energy prices, strained incomes, the worsening housing market, as well as endless foreclosures, campaign speeches, and recession denials.
The Hallmark plant violated USDA rules regarding the treatment of downer cattle
(animals that arrive at the slaughter plant but cannot stand up because of an illness or injury).
Because downer cattle
are at a heightened risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad cow disease") and other foodborne pathogens, USDA issued an emergency rule in 2004 to prevent downed cattle from being slaughtered for human consumption.
The primary focus of USDA's effort will continue to be the highest risk populations (cattle over 30 months of age and downer cattle
If true, increased screening of downer cattle
would not have caught the cow found to be infected with BSE.
30, 2003: The USDA announces new regulations on cattle slaughter, including bans on using downer cattle
and mechanically separated meat for human consumption.
1 Downer cattle
, or cows that are unable to stand, are banned for use as food.