The beef industry is putting pressure on U.S. agriculture regulators to reduce the scale of a massive recall initiated this week, according to a report.
Industry representatives have spoken with officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding the recall, according to a memo, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
The two sides spoke about excluding from the recall Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. beef mixed with the meat of other suppliers which was sent to retail and wholesale customers, a memo from an industry lawyer stated according to the Journal.
The Journal said the department appears to have decided against reducing the recall.
The recall was prompted by a released video showing workers at Hallmark Westland forcing sick or injured cows into a slaughter using forklifts or kicking them. Such cows have a higher risk for carrying mad-cow disease, which can lead to death in humans.
Regulators say that the meat has probably already been consumed. No illnesses have been reported yet.