"No grilling, no barbecue: Recalled beef buried in landfill" was the lede story of my local paper in Livingston, Montana, this evening. The Livingston Enterprise led with a large photo of a front-end loader burying recalled Hallmark/Westland beef.
More than 2300 pounds of recalled beef products from Park County Schools were buried in the county landfill Tuesday. The beef, part of a recent national recall of more than 143 million pounds of frozen meat, was in the form of precooked burger patties, ground beef and breaded steaks, according to the Park County Health Department. …
'They're not the only ones to take downed cows — they're just the only ones who got caught,' said County Commissioner Larry Lahren who was present at the landfill to witness the disposal of the meat.
From deep in the heart of cattle country, from a county where Yellowstone bison are routinely (and controversially) shipped to slaughter so as not to endanger the state's brucellosis-free status, the powers that be felt it was necessary not only to tell us that the beef had been discarded, but to send one of the county commissioners out to witness the event, and to show us a big fat photo of the funeral.
Rest in peace, crap beef.