I'm going to add a bit to what Jen posted earlier.
143 million pounds of meat recalled from a company that provides our countries children with beef. I'm going to try and hit on a couple points how this is sickening.
In the first place if this company is accused and guilty of slaughtering 'downer' cows in our food supply they are already putting sick animals into our food supply. Chances are, alot of these cows they are slaughtering are 'cull' cows from dairy operations. Cull cows being cows that are no longer performing up to standard to stay in a milking herd. Just because these cull cows can walk into to the building to be slaughtered doesn't mean they are healthy animals. And not only are some of these animals not healthy, they are utterly miserable beasts due to the disgusting food system we have running in this country. Make no mistake about it, most of these animals that our being slaughtered had NO pleasurable moments in their life. From the time they hit the ground when they are born they are yanked from their mother, placed in a 4 x 6 calf hutch(alone) and fed powdered milk. Then they are moved over to grain and whatever other thing people have come up with to feed them so they gain weight fast and they are bred as soon as possible so they can start producing milk. I have no idea what the dairy industry's average age is for how old their cows get, but I'd be willing to guess it's under 5 years. I'm just talking the dairy industry, if you want to follow the life of a beef cow that is raised in a feedlot, I suggest reading Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollen.
If you're not sickened by this you should be. How is it the american public is ok with buying a $6000 ATV here, a $35,000 SUV there and a $300,000 house, but they are looking to buy their food from Wal-mart and Sam's Club so they can save money on the very thing that keeps us alive????