California company recalls 8.7 million pounds of beef products

By Daniel Enoch

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 9, 2014 - Rancho Feeding Corp., of Petaluma, California, is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because they were processed from “diseased and unsound animals,” USDA said. In addition, the meat was produced “without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection,” the department said in a news release.

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

The products were produced from Jan. 1, 2013, through Jan. 7, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail outlets in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. They included beef carcasses and boxes of beef heads, liver, lips, tripe tongue, sweet breads and “mountain oysters,” according to USDA.

The department's Food Safety and Inspection Service has received no reports of illness due to consumption of the products. Attempts to reach Rancho Feeding for comment over the weekend were unsuccessful.

In mid-January, the USDA announced a recall from the same company of just over 40,000 pounds of beef products, saying they had not been properly inspected.

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