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Fresh, wild-caught salmon may not be available this year because of a fishing ban in California and Oregon. Also, the head of a Chino slaughterhouse admits that meat from sick cows got into supplies for children's lunches.

Making News Chino Meat-Plant Owner Testifies in Washington 10 MIN, 1 SEC

Testifying before Congress today, the head of the Westland/Hallmark slaughterhouse in Chino admitted that his "system broke down." Westland/Hallmark was closed after the biggest meat recall in history. In written testimony, company head Steve Mandell told a committee that, contrary to an infamous video secretly taped by the Humane Society, no sick cows were allowed to be slaughtered. Then he was shown a second video. David Kesmodel reports for the Wall Street Journal on the food and beverage industries.

Guests:
David Kesmodel, Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Main Topic Where Have All the Salmon Gone? 14 MIN, 18 SEC

The fall run of Chinook salmon in the Sacramento River sustains an industry worth well over $103 million a year. Ten years ago, the fish were abundant, but since 2002 there's been a decline of some 90%, much of that in the past year.  This year, it's expected that the number coming up the river to spawn will be less than half those needed to sustain the species. That's bad news for the industry and its customers. We hear what that would mean for fresh, wild-caught salmon in stores, restaurants and farmers' markets all over the West Coast.

Guests:
Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee (@matt_weiser)
Dave Bitts, member, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman's Association
Harry Morse, Public Information Officer, California Department of Fish and Game

CREDITS

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Gary Scott
Christian Bordal

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