June 12th, 2014
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday threw its weight and pocketbook behind the federal investigation of a California slaughterhouse where CNN exposed issues surrounding one of the biggest meat recalls in years.

The latest congressional action authorizes $1 million in additional funding to "provide for a swift completion" of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's probe into the Rancho Feeding Corporation.

Federal investigators have said they believe the Petaluma, California-based company bought diseased dairy cows and processed them when government inspectors weren't there. After the cows were killed, employees would hide the warning signs of cancer by trimming off diseased parts, using a fake stamp of approval or even replacing the heads of sick cows with ones from healthy animals.

That all contributed to the February recall of nearly 9 million pounds of meat as well as a criminal investigation, according to sources familiar with the probe. A federal law enforcement source has told CNN that charges against Rancho's former owners - the plant has since been sold - have been decided. But that decision has yet to become public.

And in the plant where it all went down, a government inspector and a Rancho foreman were involved in an inappropriate romance, according to documents obtained by CNN. A USDA spokesman said last month that the department "is conducting a thorough investigation into personnel issues related to this case."

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  1. marc

    That's a disgraceful cost for an audit, but the amazing part is that the House approved any amount. The government and business are way too cozy. Rarely is any action taken when companies endanger the public health. We buy products in the U.S. at our own risk, whether food, drugs, baby goods, or anything else. And, if want to stay away from food from China due to all the issues with it, good luck with that since they don't have to label where the food originated at.

    June 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm |
    • Thinking things through

      Election season is coming up...

      June 22, 2014 at 8:13 am |
  2. Jerv

    "$1 million in additional funding to "provide for a swift completion" of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's probe into the Rancho Feeding Corporation."

    Are you kidding me? 1 mil? We are so fracked. SirB What do you think?

    June 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm |
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