Three Central California congressmen cited the region’s high unemployment Thursday while asking the federal government to reopen a slaughterhouse at the center of a cruelty and food safety investigation.
The federal government said it has suspended purchases of meat from a California slaughterhouse under investigation for animal cruelty and possible health issues.
A growing number of California’s dairy farmers are going bankrupt, as they get caught between rising feed costs and milk prices set by the government. On Tuesday, the state rejected a request by dairy farmers to raise prices on milk.
Federal regulators have shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving undercover video showing dairy cows, some unable to walk, being repeatedly shocked and shot before being killed.
Several cows were struck by a delivery vehicle west of Santa Rosa Tuesday morning after they escaped from a nearby pasture, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.
California officials are recalling and putting under quarantine raw organic milk from a Fresno County company after it was linked to E. coli that sent three California children to the hospital.
Cows that used to graze along the top of a Walnut Creek subdivision ridge have been herded elsewhere, and that has some residents expressing concern about the corresponding increased fire danger.
Scientists in Asia and South America say they are now producing human breast milk in cloned dairy cows.
A substance produced by certain cows is now being used as a boost for athletes.