Valley Congressmen ask to re-open Hanford meat plant

August 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Valley Congressmen Devin Nunes, Jeff Denham, and Kevin McCarthy sent a letter today to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack seeking the re-opening of a meat processing plant in Hanford.

The Department of Agriculture recently suspended all operations at the cEntral Valley Meat Company after a video surfaced showing cows being poked, prodded, and even shocked.

Citing the idling of hundreds of workers at the plant, regional economic damage resulting from its closure, and that the alleged violations never compromised the food supply -- the Congressmen asked Secretary Vilsack to re-open the plant under enhanced supervision while an investigation of the plant continues.

There's no word yet from Vilsack's office.