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Rancho Feeding Corp. Recalls 8.7 Million Lbs. of Beef Products



A Northern California company is recalling nearly 9 million pounds of beef products after it processed “diseased and unsound” animals without full federal inspection.

CNN reports Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corporation recalled 8.7 million pounds (3.9 million kg.) of meat, an expansion of a January recall of the company’s products in which 40,000 pounds (18,143 kg.) of meat were affected.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) alleges 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 agency said.

FSIS warns there is a “reasonable probability” that eating the recalled meat could cause “serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

No illness has been reported by consumers who purchased the recalled meat, which was sent to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. It is not known which companies received the beef, of whether the meat was sold to supermarkets or restaurants.

Among the wide range of products affected by the recall are beef carcasses, as well as heads, cheeks, lips, livers, feet and tongues in boxes of 20 pounds (9.07 kg.) or larger. Veal bone boxes larger than 40 pounds (18.14 kg.) and veal trim boxes 60 pounds (27.21 kg.) or larger are also included.

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