California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation this week designed to crack down on the sale of downed cattle for human consumption. The action was in response to the largest beef recall in U.S. history. which occurred earlier this year in Chino, Calif. That case was spurred on by an undercover video shot by Humane Society of the United States personnel.

"I am committed to ensuring California's food supply is safe and secure," Schwarzenegger said in a prepared statement after signing Assembly Bill 2098. The Westland/Hallmark case also had implications as a major supplier to the nation's federal food program.

"With today's action, we are strengthening California's food-safety laws and sending a message that violating these laws will not be tolerated," said Schwarzenegger. 

The bill now makes it a misdemeanor to buy, sell, process or butcher a non-ambulatory animal for human consumption.