CA firm recalls 8.7 million pounds of beef

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Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The Petaluma, California-based Rancho Feeding Corp. recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of processed meat that allegedly did not pass through federal inspection and came from diseased and unsound animals, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said on Saturday.

In a post on its website, FSIS identified the recalled Rancho meat products as beef carcasses, heads and blood in boxes, and oxtail, cheeks, lips, omasum, tripas, Mountain Oysters, Sweet Breads, liver, tripe, tongue, veal cuts, veal bones, feet, hearts and veal trim in 20-, 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-pound boxes.

Beef carcasses and boxes bear the establishment number “EST. 527″ inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture mark of inspection with each box bearing the case code number ending in “3″ or “4″, the FSIS said.

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.

The FSIS classified the recall as Class I meaning it is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. However, the agency has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products.

It was the second time Rancho Feeding Corp. recalled meat products. On Jan. 13, the FSIS announced that the company recalled 41,683 pounds of various meat products because they were produced without the benefit of full federal inspection, making them unfit for human food. These were beef carcasses, feet, oxtail, hearts, liver, cheeks, tripe and tongue in boxes of different weights and bearing the establishment number “EST. 527″ and case code number “ON9O4″ per box. The recalled products were produced Jan. 8, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California.

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