Slaughterhouse president appears before Congress

CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- The president of the meat company at the center of the nation's biggest beef recall is scheduled to appear before a congressional committee today.

Steven Mendell is the president of the Westland/Hallmark Meat Company. It's the slaughterhouse where workers were videotaped apparently prodding and shocking downed cattle.

Mendell has made no comments since issuing a written statement last month saying he was "shocked and horrified" by the undercover video. He didn't show up for a committee meeting two weeks ago.

Today, he's to appear under subpoena before the House Energy and Commerce investigations subcommittee.

The recall involved 143 million pounds of beef, including more than 50 million intended for use in federal programs like school lunches.

Two workers at the plant were arrested on animal cruelty charges.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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