March 24, 2018

Rancho Feeding Closed As Investigation Continues

Rancho Feeding Corp. the Petaluma, CA slaughterhouse that Saturday recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef deemed unfit for human consumption by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has closed while it is being investigated. The closure was voluntary, according to the company, which is the only beef processing plant in the Bay Area. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

cows grazingThe recalled products are not typical supermarket offerings and include: beef carcasses, heads, cheeks, lips and testicles. To see a full list, click the link above. The recalled products were processed between January 1, 2013 through January 7, 2014 and shipped to distribution centers and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois, and Texas.

The USDA said Rancho “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.”  The agency considers them adulterated, because they are “unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce.” The agency’s investigation into the problem is ongoing.

Retail stores in California have been notified of the recall. Stores in Florida, Illinois and Texas that take shipments of these types of products should check the recall information.


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