8.7 Million Pounds of Meat Recalled

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(CNN) — Some 8.7 million pounds of meat from a Northern California company have been recalled because they came from “diseased and unsound” animals that weren’t properly inspected, a federal agency announced Saturday.

The recall affecting Rancho Feeding Corporation products — as detailed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service — marks a significant expansion of one announced January 13, when just over 40,000 pounds of the company’s products were recalled.

According to the U.S. agency, Rancho Feeding “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.”

“Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce,” the FSIS reported. The Petaluma company made the recall.

The government agency noted there are no reported illnesses tied to these products, which went to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. It was not immediately clear which companies got them, or whether they ended up being sold in some form at any markets or restaurants.

The FSIS recall notice indicates a “reasonable probability” that consumption could result in “serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

Attempts to contact the Rancho Feeding Corporation for comment were unsuccesful Saturday and Sunday.

A wide range of products are listed in the recall, including beef carcasses and various parts such as heads, cheeks, lips, livers, feet and tongues in boxes of 20 pounds and bigger. Forty-pound boxes of veal bones and 60-pound boxes of veal trim are included as well.

All of these were produced and shipped between January 1, 2013, through January 7, 2014. They all have “EST. 527” in the USDA mark of inspection and have a case code number ending in 3 or 4.

In the January announcement, the FSIS reported only that the products were being recalled only from January 8, 2014, and that they didn’t have a “full federal inspection.”

17 comments

  • tonyz@centurytel.net

    So when you go buy your meats and you see that trusted label…USGA you know that it passed by a person dressed in white saying it looked ok to him. To test the meat, forgetaboutit, not going to happen. I bet each batch of meat they let out that door they are holding their breath for the next month. recall …right…trade it for some meat that hasn’t gotten anybody sick yet…they think.

  • Tina

    I buy my meat in bulk when there is a sale and freeze it. Best let others find out if it’s tainted first.
    Sad that I feel this is necessary!

  • Nick

    I work in a meat packing plant. None of the meat is actually inspected. It’s just printed on the label for your “safety”!

  • cujo

    My husband and I have considered raising our own beef and pork for our personal consumption and this story concretes our decision to do it.
    I would love to know though, who at the USDA dropped the ball on the inspection? And exactly what do they inspect?

  • Chris

    “…the FSIS reported only that the products were being recalled only from January 8, 2014…” Is this proper English? It doesn’t even make sense to me. Shouldn’t it read, “only products from January 8th, 2014 were being recalled?” There are mistakes on Fox8 all the time, it’s part of reason I don’t like reading/getting it from here.

  • mella0987

    Reblogged this on Food Science & Health and commented:
    News from the Food Science world… Uninspected, adulterated meat could carry some pretty dangerous pathogens so I’m glad they recalled everything – nobody should get away with cutting corners. But my question is, are they keeping good enough records to track down every shipment? Good records is a GMP standard but that doesn’t mean they’re organized. I picture a room full of old handwritten records with an ancient computer filled with unintelligible numbers referencing batches of meat… I guess I’m just curious!

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