May 2nd, 2014
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CNN Exclusive by CNN Investigative Correspondent Chris Frates and CNN National Reporter Shannon Travis. 

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA - Earlier this year, a dusty little slaughterhouse in Northern California was ground zero for one of the biggest meat recalls in years. Rancho Feeding Corp. had called back nearly 9 million pounds of bad meat from thousands of unsuspecting stores across the country.

The story of how millions of pounds of bad meat – products the U.S. Department of Agriculture called “unfit for human food” - made it out into the world and triggered a criminal investigation is one of staggering deception and cancerous cows, federal officials familiar with the investigation tell CNN. And the plant where it all went down was also the setting for an illicit romance, according to documents obtained by CNN.

Federal investigators started surveillance on the California facility after getting a tip from a former Rancho employee. In January, federal marshals raided the Petaluma plant and seized the company's records. Days later, the first recall notice went out, officials said.

Investigators now believe that Rancho was buying diseased dairy cows and processing them when government inspectors weren’t there. After the cows were killed, employees would hide the warning signs of cancer by trimming off diseased parts, using a fake stamp of approval or even replacing the heads of sick cows with ones from healthy animals. It’s unclear which employees were involved, officials said.

When a slaughterhouse recalled nearly 9 million pounds of meat, this rancher got caught in the crossfire

The account provides a fuller picture of what happened inside the plant than has been previously made public. In a letter a day after the first recall, the USDA told Rancho an investigation found that the facility “shipped adulterated and misbranded product” and hadn’t inspected cattle that “were likely affected with epithelioma of the eye (eye cancer).”

But that wasn’t the only misconduct going down at the plant. Turns out that one of the government inspectors – someone responsible for protecting consumers from bad meat – was having a romantic relationship with a plant foreman, according to a USDA email obtained by CNN.

In the December e-mail, an assistant Rancho plant manager wrote to a USDA official to let him know about the relationship between inspector Lynnette Thompson and the plant foreman. The manager writes that the foreman admitted to seeing Thompson.

Then, things took a turn for the lascivious.

"He said he went to her trailer three different times and they were intimate," according to the e-mail. "She also sent him a picture of her naked back side in a tanning salon to his cell phone."

The assistant manager attached texts to the e-mail he said were from Thompson to the foreman.

“I need a kiss later," Thompson wrote.

“Me to [sic],” he responds.

In another text, Thompson seems worried about the relationship being exposed. "Play dumb please 4 my kids delete every thing k (sic)."

Thompson had reason to worry. The USDA’s own ethics manual says its employees should not be assigned to an establishment where "they are engaged in a personal relationship with an establishment employee."

The inspector had an acrimonious relationship with plant officials, according to documents obtained by CNN. She had complained about the processing of cancerous cows. But she didn’t want to talk to CNN, according to a woman who identified herself as Thompson’s daughter.

One of Rancho’s former owners – the plant was sold after the recall – said through his attorney that the relationship between the government inspector and plant foreman was not connected to the recall. But the lawyer, Jeffrey Bornstein, did admit that his client, Jesse Amaral, made mistakes.

“There were opportunities for cows to have gone through the process without proper inspection or otherwise properly being handled," Bornstein said.

The lawyer said Amaral is sorry; he didn’t intend to hurt anyone.

“He takes responsibility for mistakes in judgment that were made. He made mistakes in judgment,” Bornstein said. “He regrets not being better able to recognize, respond and stop some of these alleged bad practices earlier. He’s extremely remorseful.”

There have been no reports that meat from Rancho sickened anyone.

Bornstein wouldn’t discuss specifics of what went on at the plant, noting that Amaral rarely went to the part of the plant where the animals were slaughtered. But he said his client is cooperating with federal authorities, including the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Francisco, which is leading the investigation.

Rancho’s other former co-owner, Robert Singleton, declined to comment.

The U.S. Attorney’s office declined to discuss its probe. But a law enforcement source says the U.S. Attorney has decided on charges against Rancho’s owners.

The lack of public information about the investigation has U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, a Democrat whose district includes the former Rancho facility, wondering if the USDA has something to hide.

"One would speculate at this point that in order for there [to] have been a deception that allowed a whole bunch of improperly processed meat to get certified for sale, someone at USDA was deceived,” Huffman said. “Something must have broken down in their process too. So, in the absence of information, I am left to believe that maybe they're a little concerned that they dropped the ball, too."

The USDA declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

CNN’s David Fitzpatrick contributed.

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Previously:
When a slaughterhouse recalled nearly 9 million pounds of meat, this rancher got caught in the crossfire
What is 'adulterated' meat?
Who is looking out for your food safety?
Food poisoning: What you need to know

Consumer resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
FDA Food Safety
FoodSafety.gov
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Education
IsItDoneYet.gov

More on food poisoning from CNN Health and all food-borne illness coverage on Eatocracy



soundoff (878 Responses)
  1. Khayla

    The scary thing is there's is no research to show how cancer cells from cows react worth human cells. It's possible these cells and genes can activate human caner genes. Smart people do their research and realize that not consuming meat and diary is the way to go if they want to live a long, healthy life.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm |
    • Where's the beef?

      Perhaps you should survey the longest living people and find out how many are vegetarians? Hint: Not as many as you seem to think.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
      • james

        you are uninformed, truly ignorant in fact. if you read "the blue zone" you will discover that the longest living people are primarily VEGAN. i know this factual study will be above you but try anyway.

        May 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm |
  2. Manny

    Job creators !!!

    May 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm |
  3. Olaf Big

    This is really bad, but to tell the truth, any meat from big meat processing companies that you buy at the supermarket is unfit for human consumption. It is laden with hormones, antibiotics and possible pathogens from carcass feed these animals receive. All that aside from improper handling at the processing plant. Eat less meat, and when you do, buy organic.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm |
    • Dpg

      You are 100% right. And that's why everyone here has cancer and all sorts of horrible diseases. More than other countries. And I thought obesity was a choice. It's ridiculous to call it an epidemic. The bubonic plague was an epidemic.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:24 pm |
  4. Robert

    This article fails to give any connection to how a cancerous cows meat harms a human that eats it. If this connection doesn't exist, it is hard to believe that this article is anything more than fear-mongering.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm |
    • Not surprised

      Who would willingly eat diseased meat? o_0

      May 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
    • Jam One

      You do realize that not even predators in the wild would eat a diseased animal, so why should humans. You must have some vested interest in the beef industry to make that stupid a comment. Next time I hear someone finding a cancerous cow liver, I will have them serve it up to you, we can begin the research starting with you and your family.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
    • Kata Strophic

      I love science do-it-yourselfers. If the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the meat was “unfit for human food,” as for me, I'm going to just take their word for it because I don't have time to get a doctorate in agriculture, much less medicine. But have it your way and eat cancerous cows if you must. I suppose I don't want to know how you feel about 97+% of scientists telling you that you're causing climate change either.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
  5. ChickFila

    EAT MORE CHIKEN!!

    May 2, 2014 at 9:18 pm |
    • Not surprised

      Right because the chicken industry doesn't have the same problems....

      May 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm |
      • LARes

        Lighten up. I believe both of us were referring to the Chic-Fil-A commercials.

        May 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm |
    • LARes

      Ha! I beat you by a minute. LOL

      May 2, 2014 at 9:32 pm |
  6. B-Itch

    I'll take the 9 million pounds and eat it please

    May 2, 2014 at 9:18 pm |
  7. Seattle Sue

    Hang them high.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm |
    • John

      Yup. American businesses are over-regulated. They will self-regulate themselves and not endanger lives. Sure they won't. Where are all the libertarians and republicans now?

      May 2, 2014 at 9:24 pm |
  8. LARes

    Eat Mor Chikin!

    May 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm |
  9. Guest

    Anyone contemplating a vegetarian lifestyle, watch the documentary Earthlings. Extremely eye-opening.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm |
  10. opinion8it

    Ah those naïve conservatives - they believe money hungry corporations will always do "the right thing" and not harm the public...... if that were the case, all these protection laws would never have come about.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm |
  11. Not surprised

    This happens ALL the time. The difference here is they got caught. If you think the beef you buy at the grocery store is from healthy animals, you need to think again. I'm not a vegetarian, but I refuse to eat beef knowing what I know about the condition of the animals when they arrive at the slaughterhouse.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm |
  12. Scott

    I think the plant owner is only "remorseful" because he got caught and he's going to lose everything he has in fines & lawsuits... serves him right.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm |
  13. janesauric

    Didn't we already read this story in Upton Sinclair's book, "The Jungle", which was published over a century ago? So nice to know we have the FDA to protect us.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm |
  14. What'sHISname

    What'sHISname

    We know the (female) government inspector's full name, that she has children, and that CNN contacted her/spoke with her daughter, but what's the plant foreman's name? Why aren't *his* name and personal details included in the article?

    May 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm |
    • Jack Walsh

      Exactly my thought. Strange that the female person is the one subject to humiliation.

      Chris Frates and Shannon Travis have something to answer for.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm |
  15. John (@Icarus1989)

    Employees would hide the warning signs of CANCER by trimming off diseased parts...oh man that's nasty!

    May 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm |
  16. DD

    LOL my opinion & practice is if you want to eat meat, hunt and/or raise it yourself.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:11 pm |
    • Not surprised

      I agree! I used to think hunting was horrible, but realized that hunting is a far more humane way to acquire meat, and a far more healthy way to eat.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm |
  17. joanofarc

    STOP EATING MEAT ! If you go on facebook and look at the pictures of these cows being slaughtered and the fear in their eyes- you would never eat meat again. These cows actually jump for joy for they are rescued and they smell the death in the air. The people who work in these slaughterhouses are psychos and should be in prison. It is a disgusting nasty thing to eat animal and everyone who does should have to see them killed in person. I guarantee they would never eat meat again

    May 2, 2014 at 9:11 pm |
    • pigkiller

      I'm one of those psychos. You better watch out sweet cheeks because if I cannot kill animals I will be forced to kill something and that something may be you.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm |
      • Julia

        Wow, you are truly mentally ill!

        May 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm |
        • pigkiller

          And armed!

          May 3, 2014 at 5:10 am |
    • people eating tasty animals

      who cares. don't worry about other people and what they eat. if u don't eat it ,great ,nobody cares. Don't try to tell people what they should and shouldn't do. Biiiatch

      May 2, 2014 at 9:32 pm |
    • Camilla_Sunshine

      Thank you –
      Don't know about the "worker" part.
      The cows have Feelings: Terror and Torment, very sad stuff. Eating dead animals is a choice – the animals don't have a choice, we do. Just say No!

      (Yes, the Big Lost Cause, people love their beef, poultry, pig and dear little lambs – gazillions of dollars in revenues, employment and on and on – furniture, leather and on and on.)

      This video, if the link will post, sums it up rather nicely:
      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUZ1YLhIAg8&w=640&h=390]

      "Happy Cows" Kuhrettung Rhein Berg english subtitles

      May 2, 2014 at 9:40 pm |
    • Camilla_Sunshine

      Thank you –
      Don't know about the "worker" part.
      The cows have Feelings: Terror and Torment, very sad stuff. Eating dead animals is a choice – the animals don't have a choice, we do. Just say No!
      (Yes, the Big Lost Cause, people love their beef, poultry, pig and dear little lambs – gazillions of dollars in revenues, employment and on and on – furniture, leather and on and on.)

      Check out this video: sums it up at the most simplistic basic level –

      "Happy Cows" Kuhrettung Rhein Berg

      May 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm |
  18. Roger

    This plant should be shut down. Being remorsefull after contaminating the food chain is just trying to save his own tail. This was intentional. This processor should be out of business and barred from ever operating any business within the food chain.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm |
  19. RuthArtPhoto

    Poooor cows. I am sure glad I'm a vegetarian.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm |
  20. Dex

    That chick having the affair is a real COW!

    May 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm |
  21. busterkat

    typical republicans and the same as the new teaparty , that don't want government oversight to protect us from the gop/fascist greed , this is why I want big government watching the business in America

    May 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm |
    • pigkiller

      Sorry there dimwit, but the food industry is one of the most regulated industries in the country. Maybe you do not realize that criminals do not care about laws. That is why they are called criminals. Maybe you watch movies that allow you to catch criminals prior to them committing crimes, but welcome to the real world. We only can react.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm |
  22. john

    Did the government approve this story of course it did or wouldn't be here (CNN paid from your tax dollars)

    May 2, 2014 at 9:09 pm |
    • B-Itch

      Paid for by "Communist News Network" (CNN)

      May 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm |
  23. Fred

    I'd stop eating meat, but I'd end up getting sick from salmonella laden lettuce.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:08 pm |
    • pigkiller

      more than likely, E-coli.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:11 pm |
  24. Hillary 2016

    So glad I don't eat meat, aka dead cow.....Yuck!

    May 2, 2014 at 9:08 pm |
  25. LINDA SELLERS

    The employee who revealed this should be considered a hero and given a reward! Also, this is why citizens benefit from federal regulations. The company KNEW it was against the law. Their employees knew it was against the law. Without government regulations it would be questionable and what citizen can make that call against an operating slaughterhouse processing 9 million pounds of meat? It's wrong to put money before citizens, visitors,
    friends and neighbors.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm |
    • pigkiller

      This is a very small operation. That 9 million pounds of meat was over a long period of time.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm |
  26. Festivusfortherestofus

    "Mistakes in judgement"....the new mea culpa "I lied" moniker. Make THEM eat the meat.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm |
  27. Tainted Meat

    This problem of tainted meat is widespread and continues to be. Corrupt people in their positions abusing their authority for their own personal gain and satisfaction do not care about the well being of people -therefore, unfortunately, this problem will only continue.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm |
  28. Hello

    9,000,000 pounds. Nothing to see here folks. Enjoy your happy meals and big macs. Do you honestly think that this type of thing is uncommon? All you have to do is slightly glance in the direction of truth on these types of things and you will see that what you eat every day is very disgusting. Torture the animals and then eat them... some classy people we got.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm |
  29. hey

    shut up, Won

    May 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm |
  30. kevin

    So how does one Plant put out 9 millions pounds of cancer meat? Is this contagious? I didn't think cancer was contagious.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm |
  31. aydon

    can't blame Canada for this mad-cow issue, perhaps we should slap a ban on importing usa beef because it is suspect.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm |
  32. Khayla

    I stopped eating everything that has a heart and brain a long time ago and why people continue to eat these animals is beyond me. Just today I watched a youtube video of a calf just born separated from its mom and being loaded unto a truck, and in the truck they showed it shaking and it peed because it was so scared. The mother cow chased the truck. The milk she produced for her calf is in our stores by the gallons. She will never see her calf again. She will cry for days looking for her calf. And she will go through this every year until her body an no longer make babies. Then, her faith is the same as all her calves, she will be brutally murdered and her body made into burgers, and stakes. It's amazing how many people I've met that think that cows make milk, that it is something that their organs do. But fact is cows just like women, only make milk when they are pregnant and the milk is intended for their calves just like human milk is meant for human babies. Can someone explain to me how it doesn't gross them out to drink breast milk from cows? Cow's milk is so bad for human health, and many studies prove it causes breast cancer and inflammation throughout. Think about this: we are the only species on earth who consume milk from another animal. Disgusting.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog

      If you don't eat anything with a heart or a brain, how about eating Republicans?

      May 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm |
      • B-Itch

        How about Democrats... nothing good about a Democrat. I am guessing your not a business owner like me. Republicans rule.... I dont want to pay more taxes to pay for your housing and food.

        May 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm |
      • Weak sauce

        hardy har har.. how about eating something without balls....a dem.

        May 2, 2014 at 9:57 pm |
    • pigkiller

      Oh my God, I feel so bad; Nah, I don't. You can not eat meat or drink milk or whatever else you want to do or not do. Just do not try to tell me what I can or cannot eat or drink. Those that try to dictate to me or mine will be turned into Soylent Green.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:23 pm |
    • Sevenless

      Don't be so quick to anthropomorphize. Cows aren't exactly intelligent animals and they are nowhere near human intelligence. You're making it sound like they have articulate thoughts and memories that burden them for every moment of their existence – they don't.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm |
    • Guest

      Not that I care if you eat beef or not, because really I don't. It means more for the rest of us. But what I have always wondered when people make such statements as these, what do you plan to do with the cattle if we stopped processing them? Would America turn them loose into little (well actually they would be quite large) cow herds to roam around free? Or are we going to start keeping them as pets? (FYI most don't make very good pets, really).

      Also, how much do the people who spout off statements such as these know about the agriculture industry, besides what they read on the internet? I mean, I know everything on the internet is true, but how many have even been to a ranch. Or, heck, even actually talked to a rancher... I mean don't get me wrong, abuse happens off and on. Don't get me wrong. Just as city people sometimes poor battery acid on their dogs. However, it isn't near as often as one would think being as if the animal is abused then the meat gets ruined and there goes your product, yada yada Good ole' science. Not to mention the fact that, believe it or not, ranchers really do care about their animals and, gasp, even love them. Hence why they spend 12 hours a day taking care of them and putting them first before their own livelihood at a drop of a hat.

      But anyway, like I said, could really care less if you choose to eat beef or not as it is your choice and I will take the steak you turn your nose up at. But please, do not attack the ranchers until you have walked a mile in their boots and seen the care and love they actually give.

      PS. Yes I have seen cows being slaughtered, even studied it. If the cow is stressed or "scared" your meat gets ruined. It is called DFD. Look it up. Or look up Temple Grandin. One of my all time heroes and a leader in human animal practice especially in slaughter houses.

      May 3, 2014 at 1:25 am |
      • Guest

        *humane* animal practices and slaughter. Wow that misspelling just took that statement to a whole other level...

        May 3, 2014 at 1:29 am |
  33. Steve

    I smell a big fine.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm |
  34. Ralf The Dog

    ... And nine million Americans go vegetarian.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm |
  35. Dex

    This is some real Bull *#@! I am so going to live on veggie juices, now.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm |
  36. TruthBeTold

    Aaahhhh the USDA again. Trusty government department that it is. How many more times must the food supply be tainted or poisoned before heads roll? Must someone die first before this department is overhauled? How much bribery and incompetence must there be for this type of thing to be occurring on such a regular basis?
    Americans have more to fear from government corruption and incompetence than they do from so called terrorists.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm |
    • LINDA SELLERS

      Government isn't the problem here. The slalughterhouse owner is the problem. The FDA can't prevent everything all the time. However, when capitalists, more interested in money, avoid regulations, ignore them and apparently circumvent them for personal gain we should continue to respect REGULATIONS that make this illegal. It is not an enforcement issue, it is a greedy business.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm |
    • John W

      If you upset about what little the USDA does – blame congress. The USDA budget has been cut over 50% in the past 8 years. So – at best, they do half of what they used to do (nobody works for free). Plus – a fixed amount is forced to be set aside to respond to congressional demands (translates into a doubling of the amount set aside). So – if you voted for the majority in the US House of Rep's – you are the cause of this.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm |
    • Dizzy Sun

      LOL....Why is it that people with "truth" in their online name always so full of "BULL" ****

      May 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm |
  37. .

    The person responsible for buying the cows, needs to spend time in jail, AND be fined. This is unacceptable.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm |
  38. David

    Please forward this to anyone who supports the republican nonsense about deregulation. More proof that GOP lives in fairy tale world when stating their policies ,even if past history and current facts disprove their Wild West theories.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm |
    • frontgate

      Don't you know that regulations hurt the entrepreneurs / job creators. That's according to Mitch Romney and other idiot republicans.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm |
      • B-Itch

        Yeah and youll never be one. Until you make more than 70K a year you will be a democrat

        May 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm |
    • kevin

      You are kidding me David. The Dems our so full of handouts on shit that they are the reason for this. If we didn't have to give every poor person food we would be fine. Give them a pole and let them fish. Don't teach them to be lazy like they are.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm |
    • Zues

      Funny you say that on a report about how the USDA did not do a good job of regulating, they are not being transparent, and most likely won't hold people accountable.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm |
  39. jessie mick

    The government, while it can never be perfect, has an important role in protecting us. We need a strong and tough FDA and EPA.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:02 pm |
    • B-Itch

      "Government isnt the problem, its the Solution!"

      May 2, 2014 at 9:11 pm |
  40. kmkr

    I felt sick as i was reading this

    May 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm |
  41. hungry

    *reading article while waiting for my steak* d*mn

    May 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm |
  42. Harpoon Lip

    When are they going to recall some of those cows from California who are in the House and Senate?!!!

    May 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm |
  43. georgieboy

    Very simple fix. Don't eat meat.

    May 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm |
  44. Uncle_Al

    This is the kind of crap that just pisses me off to no end. The Tea Party wants to do away with government, UNTIL something like this happens. Laissez-faire . BULLSHIT!

    May 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm |
  45. Thugvon

    I ❤ ☣Beef☣

    May 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm |
  46. Mike

    Put him in jail and feed him the meat for the duration

    May 2, 2014 at 8:58 pm |
    • Kevin

      Oh its a big deal now because bad meat can impact human life ...stop being selfish and stop eating meat! Eating meat is unethical and makes you fat.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm |
      • Kyle G.

        Ethics is a matter of perspective...so I'll happily disagree with you on that point. And meat doesn't make you fat...excess calories in your diet make you fat.

        May 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm |
      • Dex

        I am with you on quitting meat, but we have teeth that were specifically designed to grind up meat, so NOT eating meat is actually going against our nature.

        May 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm |
      • Bacon

        Meat is also a very good source of protein. If you prefer the skin and bones Ethiopian look then by all means stop eating meat. If you prefer the healthy muscular look then keep eating meat.

        May 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm |
  47. ob1KENobBi

    gave up all meat including chicken couldn't have been a wiser health choice on my part, now they smell awful when cooking.

    May 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm |
  48. Kevin

    This is why we don't let the GOP gut all regulations. In a free market, some people will break the rules. Government regulations save lives.

    May 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm |
    • kmkr

      It's all about the money and nothing else matters

      May 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm |
    • B-Itch

      I live in California and own a business, until you own a business don't tell me about regulation and taxes. California is the most liberal state out there. Toyota just moved out of California to move to Republican state Texas. The regulations in California have hurt businesses. Boeing, Toyota and others are moving to Texas because of over taxation by democrats and over regulation! SAKKMA BALLS you socialist pig!

      May 2, 2014 at 9:08 pm |
    • pigkiller

      Come on Kevin, no one wants to gut all regulations. It is just that over regulation can gut our economy and raise prices to the point where no one can afford anything. Yes, people will break rules, and this is a prime example of that, but what would you suggest we do to prevent this from happening? All we can do is prosecute those that break the rules. No amount of additional regulation will make people not be criminals.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:09 pm |
      • B-Itch

        Go Pig Killer! Regulations hurt business and in the end hurt the consumer with higher prices and lower wages.

        May 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm |
      • Jethro

        Jeeesus, don't you get it? Republicans want fewer regulations. Fewer regulations = no rules = no penalties for criminals.

        May 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm |
        • pigkiller

          Run for your lives, there's a lobster loose! Arm yourselves with lemon and butter! Can we get any more hysterical there snookums? It has nothing to do with less regulation. This is one of the most regulated industries in the country, but you cannot regulate criminals. More regulations will not stop criminals from doing their criminal thing. The idea is to get better regulation which protects the public while not costing companies an arm and a leg. Try to remember, this cost is passed on to you. But to think that any amount of rules, laws or regulations can prevent crime is to be a little too invested in watching movies or reading comic books.

          May 3, 2014 at 5:17 am |
  49. Won

    CNN: stop using (sic) or [sic] because it looks retarded and makes your career looks unprofessional.

    May 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm |
    • George

      And YOU are using the word "retarded?" That makes YOU look like a 11 year old.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm |
    • rageous

      ...and the use of "retarded" is really that much more professional?

      May 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm |
    • Kristine

      No, it's proper. It denotes that the quote has a misspelling, or other grammatical error.

      For example :“Me to [sic],” he responds. It should read "Me too". It's acknowledging an error when using a quoted statement.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm |
    • Guest

      (Sic) is used to note spelling error was as written by original author – not an error by cnn or their reporter. Keeps the grammar police at bay.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm |
    • What'sHISname

      We know the (female) government inspector's full name, that she has children, and that CNN contacted her/spoke with her daughter, but what's the plant foreman's name? Why aren't *his* name and personal details included in the article?

      May 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm |
    • gauffrette

      "Sic" is an abbreviation for the Latin "sic erat scriptum". It means the way it was written and is used when the author has written it incorrectly).

      May 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm |
    • Eric

      If they stopped using [sic] you'd complain of typos and bad grammars in a quoted text. [sic] implies the spelling is as quoted but is not correct, and the reporter is not at fault for any sloppy spelling or grammar.

      May 2, 2014 at 9:18 pm |
  50. Ttommy

    Yet another reason I don't eat meat any longer. Cruel to the animals and just disgustingly disturbing if you stop to think about it.

    May 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm |
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