Hanford, Calif. • Federal inspectors shut down a central California slaughterhouse that supplies beef to the National School Lunch Program because of unsanitary conditions.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement Tuesday that the conditions prompted it to withdraw inspectors and suspend operations at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, about 30 miles south of Fresno.
"The plant's suspension will be lifted once we receive adequate assurances of corrective action," the agency said.
Company representatives didn't immediately return a phone message left by The Associated Press on Tuesday evening.
In 2012, Central Valley Meat Co. shut down for a week after Compassion Over Killing, an animal rights group, sent videos to federal officials showing workers torturing cows with electric prods and spraying hot water on the animals, the Los Angeles Times reported.