Nearly 9M pounds of meat recalled after diseased animals processed

Feb. 9, 2014 at 1:24 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Rancho Feeding Corp. of Petaluma, Calif., is recalling nearly 9 million pounds of meat because it processed diseased and unsound animals, officials said.

The company is recalling "approximately 8,742,700 pounds, because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection," the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a release Saturday.

"Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce."

The Rancho Feeding Corp. products subject to recall are:

-- "Beef Carcasses" (wholesale and custom sales only)

-- 2 per box "Beef (Market) Heads" (retail only)

-- 4-gallons per box "Beef Blood" (wholesale only)

-- 20-lb. boxes of "Beef Oxtail"

-- 30-lb. boxes of "Beef Cheeks"

-- 30-lb. boxes of " Beef Lips"

-- 30-lb. boxes of "Beef Omasum"

-- 30-lb. boxes of "Beef Tripas"

-- 30-lb. boxes of "Mountain Oysters"

-- 30-lb. boxes of "Sweet Breads"

-- 30- and 60-lb. boxes of "Beef Liver"

-- 30- and 60-lb. boxes of "Beef Tripe"

-- 30- and 60-lb. boxes of "Beef Tongue"

-- 30- and 60-lb. boxes of "Veal Cuts"

-- 40-lb. boxes of "Veal Bones"

-- 50-lb. boxes of "Beef Feet"

-- 50-lb. boxes of "Beef Hearts"

-- 60-lb. boxes of "Veal Trim"

"Beef carcasses and boxes bear the establishment number 'EST. 527' inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each box bears the case code number ending in '3' or '4.' The products were produced Jan. 1, 2013, through Jan. 7, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider," the agency said.

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