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Nov 16, 2012 12:55 PM by Associated Press

Huge slaughterhouse settlement reached

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The humane society says a landmark $500 million settlement has been reached in a slaughterhouse abuse case that led to the biggest meat recall in U.S. history in 2008.

The federal civil court settlement announced by the Humane Society of the United States on Friday is the largest-ever penalty for an animal abuse case.

The now defunct Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. was a supplier of meats for the national school lunch program when an undercover video showed cows unable to walk being dragged with chains and prodded with forklifts.

The humane society sued for fraud and the U.S. Justice Department intervened because federal contracts required that animals be treated humanely.

The company did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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