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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is resuming purchases of meat from a Central California slaughterhouse that's been at the center of an animal cruelty investigation.
A statement from the USDA sent Monday said that Central Valley Meat Company's improved oversight for animal welfare prompted the government to reinstate purchases for federal feeding programs.
Officials with the Food Safety and Inspection Service concluded last week that inspectors found no evidence of sick cattle entering the food supply after an undercover video showed workers kicking and shocking downed cattle in an attempt to herd them to slaughter.
The USDA will conduct quarterly audits at the Hanford company until it successfully completes four audits in a row.
The government suspended its purchases last month after the video shot by the animal welfare organization Compassion Over Killing showed inhumane treatment of animals.
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