WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- On the instructions of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Rancho Feeding Corporation, a meat processing plant in Petaluma, Calif., issued a recall Saturday for 8.7 million pounds of beef.
The recall comes after a lengthy investigation by USDA which revealed the plant neglected a full federal inspection before processing diseased and unhealthy animals. The recall is for over a year's worth of processed meat, and includes 18 different meat products -- beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, cheeks, tripe, tongue, veal bones and more.
While no illnesses have been reported, the FSIS says the unfit meat may still be frozen on the shelves of many distributors and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.
The recall was designated as Class I because there is a reasonable probability these products could cause serious, adverse health consequences.
As more information becomes available about where some of these unwholesome meat products ended up, a retail distribution list will be posted on the FSIS recall homepage.