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Merced County declares emergency, as cattle carcasses pile up from rendering plant issue

Merced Sun Star 

A local emergency was declared in Merced County after two separate livestock rendering plants serving the area suffered equipment problems within a week of each other, causing animal carcasses to pile up. Facility representatives and the California Department of Food and Agriculture contacted Merced County officials March 6, reporting that equipment used to render livestock mortality into these products had failed. The county’s local emergency coordinates with CDFA quarantine measures.