Beef suppliers settle lawsuit over abuse, slaughter of sick cattle

Last month, former beef suppliers to the National School Lunch Program reached an agreement with the United States government and The Humane Society of the United States to settle allegations of mistreating downer cattle at the suppliers' Chino, Calif., slaughter operation. The settlement concluded a nearly five-year legal battle that started in 2008, which also involved the largest meat recall in U.S. history.

Thousands of pounds of meat recalled across U.S.

Thousands of pounds of meat had to be recalled because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contaminations and an E. coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture labeled the recalls as "Class I" and called them "high" health risks.