The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Rancho Feeding Corporation, of Petaluma, California, is recalling approximately 8.7 million pounds of meat products because it processed diseased and unsound animals without full federal inspection.
The FSIS considers that the recalled products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome, or otherwise are unfit for human consumption, and so must be removed from the market. However, no reports of illness related to consumption of the recalled meat have yet been received.
The recall affects 18 products produced between 1 January 2013 and 7 January 2014, including whole beef carcasses and various types of beef offal, mainly packed in 20- to 60-lb boxes and bearing the establishment number “EST. 527”. The recalled products were distributed to distribution centres and retailers in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.
Rancho Feeding Corp. is reported to have ceased operations while the USDA conducts an investigation into its operations and identifies all the retail outlets that sold the recalled products.
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