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Animal welfare group: Calif slaughterhouse in record meat recall settles case for $500 million

November 16, 2012 AP

FRESNO, Calif. - A California slaughterhouse where videotaped mistreatment of cows prompted the largest meat recall in U.S. history has reached a symbolic $500 million settlement with an animal welfare group and the federal government.

The record penalty for the animal abuse case is not expected to be paid because Riverside County-based Hallmark Meat Co. is bankrupt.

The tentative settlement of the civil lawsuit was announced Friday by the Humane Society of the United States, which filed the case and later was joined by the U.S. Department of Justice.

"It's a deterrence judgment," HSUS attorney Jonathan R. Lovvorn said. "It informs other federal government contractors that when your contract says you provide humane handling, if you don't do that you're likely to end up bankrupt as well."

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