Final Inspector Rosalinda Recendez checks the scraps of meat for any remaining bones at Ida-Beef's slaughter and processing plant near Burley.

BURLEY — Embattled beef processor Ida-Beef has again botched a slaughter, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

The USDA is suspending the assignment of inspectors and withholding marks of inspection for the company’s Burley slaughterhouse.

The most recent bungled slaughter happened May 29. The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service’s Consumer Safety Inspector reported that a worker’s first stun attempt hit the cow’s skull, but did not kill the animal. The cow remained conscious and began crawling away, without making any audible sounds. The stun operator then stunned the cow a second time, which rendered it unconscious.

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The botched slaughter comes after an incident in January when an Ida-Beef worker shot one cow three times before knocking it unconscious and another cow had to be shot twice.

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