In-N-Out Severs Ties With Slaughterhouse

The fast food chain bought beef from Central Valley Meat Co., under investigation after video surfaces showing inhumane treatment

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    In-N-Out severed ties with a Central California slaughterhouse under investigation for abuse.

    In-N-Out, the Southern California burger restaurant, has severed its ties with a Central California slaughterhouse being investigated to see if beef from sick cattle entered the human food supply.

    The fast food chain bought beef from the Central Valley Meat Co. of Hanford, Calif., until the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the plant Monday after receiving a video authorities said showed inhumane treatment.

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    The USDA says it's investigating. Read about the case here.

    Mark Taylor, chief operating officer, said Tuesday his company “severed our supplier relationship” upon becoming aware of the situation.

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    He said suppliers must agree in writing to not distribute beef from sick cattle and to abide by standards for humane treatment of cattle.

    The video shot by Compassion Over Killing shows animals being shot, shocked and kicked to get them to slaughter.

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    Of the total Central Valley Meat Co.'s production, only 6 to 7 percent goes to In-N-Out, an company spokesman said. The rest goes to processing plants and school programs.