Special Coverage: Rancho Feeding Recall and Prosecution
Final defendant pleads guilty in Petaluma slaughterhouse scandal
Wednesday's guilty plea by the owner of the now-defunct Petaluma slaughterhouse slams the door on the prospect of trial testimony in the tainted-meat case that could have exposed mistakes by USDA inspectors.
Former Rancho Feeding owner to face trial in July
Jury selection is set for July 16 for Babe Amaral, 76, owner of the former Rancho Feeding plant, the subject of a massive recall earlier this year.
2nd guilty plea in Rancho Feeding slaughterhouse scandal
A worker at the former Rancho Feeding slaughterhouse in Petaluma has become the second defendant to plead guilty to distributing tainted meat.
Rancho Feeding trouble trailed USDA cuts
A decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cut the number of food safety inspectors at the Rancho Feeding Corp. slaughterhouse in Petaluma is coming under new scrutiny this week.
USDA takes heat over staffing decisions
Critics contend that U.S. Department of Agriculture staffing decisions and a shortage of inspectors have resulted in more food safety recalls because meat failed to receive a full inspection.
4 indicted in Rancho Feeding scandal
Prosecutors: Petaluma facility swapped cow heads to get away with processing condemned meat.