Bad Beef: Company Recalls 8.7 Million Pounds of Meat Products

Nearly 9 million pounds of beef have been recalled because of the use of unhealthy animals and a failure to have the meat fully inspected.

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More than 8.7 million pounds of beef is being recalled because diseased and unhealthy animals were used and without a complete federal inspection, the Huffington Post reported.

Rancho Feeding Company in Petaluma, Calif. is recalling the beef because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, the Food Safety and Inspection Service said.

The meat was processed by Rancho Feeding Corp. between Jan. 1 2013 and Jan. 7 2014 and shipped to California, Florida and Illinois.

The beef products all have the "EST. 527" in the USDA mark of inspection and a case code ending in 3 or 4, CNN reported.

Last month the company recalled more than 40,000 pounds of meat products produced on Jan. 8 that also didn't undergo a full inspection, the Huffington Post story said.

The recall includes the following products, listed on the Food Safety and Inspection Service website

  • "Beef Carcasses” (wholesale and custom sales only)
  • 2 per box "Beef (Market) Heads" (retail only)
  • 4-gallons per box "Beef Blood" (wholesale only)
  • 20-lb. boxes of “Beef Oxtail”
  • 30-lb. boxes of “Beef Cheeks”
  • 30-lb. boxes of " Beef Lips"
  • 30-lb. boxes of "Beef Omasum"
  • 30-lb. boxes of "Beef Tripas"
  • 30-lb. boxes of "Mountain Oysters"
  • 30-lb. boxes of "Sweet Breads”
  • 30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Liver”
  • 30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Tripe”
  • 30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Tongue”
  • 30- and 60-lb. boxes of "Veal Cuts"
  • 40-lb. boxes of "Veal Bones"
  • 50-lb. boxes of “Beef Feet”
  • 50-lb. boxes of “Beef Hearts”
  • 60-lb. boxes of "Veal Trim"
Todd Goldsmith February 09, 2014 at 01:36 PM
I read the other day thay you decided to the use of the prefix, "Trending", to differentiate the local news ( which I like this page for ) from the national news that you decide to share with us. This story seems to fit the latter case. I do appreciate the site and the effort put forth by you all, but much prefer that it be kept local in nature, or at least identified as non-local, as per your earlier response to another reader's complaint.
Tara May Tesimu February 09, 2014 at 01:41 PM
@Todd, thank you for the feedback. We are adding "Trending" to stories that are broadly appealing but could be confused as local -- so as to limit confusion. If it's a story that actually does apply to everyone, and I think 8.7 million pounds of not-fully-inspected beef being distributed is important information for anyone to have.
Rich Anderson February 09, 2014 at 01:58 PM
I thought those Mountain Oysters tasted a little funky...
Joseph Morabito February 09, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Hmmm... I thought that Ron Paul said businesses could be trusted to self regulate. *** Look at that list... I pretty much NEVER consume any of that stuff. I wonder if hoof scrapings are part of the recall too?
Kim Fox February 09, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Who would eat any of that stuff??? Gross!!!
cracker jack February 09, 2014 at 02:29 PM
The top of the list is carcasses. These in turn are butchered for cuts of meat..ie. Roasts chops ground etc. Jan -jan is an entire year of tainted beef. Outrageous as rancho is I believe one brand marketed as organic and often twice the price of ordinary supermarket beef. Even if that is not the case..ewww. Thanks for the fyi!!
Marilyn Torres February 09, 2014 at 04:04 PM
I have cattle and have used this facility. In fact, I was there last week. What strikes me odd about this incident is there is a USDA office on the premises. The boxes were marked with a USDA number yet it is the business that is being called to task. This facility will probably close because of the negative news. It is one of the few (at this time) butchering venues for grass fed beef and swine. I know the animals I took there were tested as I received a report.
Elena February 09, 2014 at 04:22 PM
One more reason to go vegan.
Spanky M February 09, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Public school lunch ingredients unfortunately.. And still USDA has no power to enforce or demand meat recalls other than to shame companies through the media. All meat faculties have USDA offices on premise. They just don't have authority to actually order a recall. Oh and I agree with all the recent sentiment about keeping patch stories local only. We have the rest of the Internet for these stories. I come to patch for local only news. At least give us the option of a local only feed and to opt out of trending or other non local posts.
Joseph Morabito February 09, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Elena, "Vegan"??? *** *** JMFC, death is preferable to being among the insufferables of that ilk. No offense or anything... just telling it like it is.
Spanky M February 09, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Perfect. I guess Rancho can send all this meat to Joseph since he doesn't care if he dies eating eating it. Problem solved.
Denise Majko February 09, 2014 at 05:23 PM
How do they process and distribute meat from unhealthy and diseased animals for almost an entire year without it being properly and fully inspected?! Crazy. I seem to recall that lettuce and spinach have been recalled several times in the past; I don't think there's anything that is safe from being unsafe!
Spanky M February 09, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Denise, it is because the meat industry is so strong even our government cannot regulate them properly. Like I said previously, and most people find surprising, beef is one of the few food products the can not be ordered recalled by our government.
mike b February 09, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Somewhere Upton Sinclair is smiling
Marilyn Miller February 09, 2014 at 06:33 PM
Thank you for this important information. Food recalls in Southern CA IS "local" news, since we all eat!
D February 09, 2014 at 07:39 PM
so glad I am a vegetarian
Joseph Morabito February 09, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Spankage, I don't eat tons of meat... but I'll take it... and all the dreaded GMO's too. You people are just this side of insane when it comes to food. You are going to be just as dead as I'll be in less than 50 years, and if you really want to get into a frenzy over thinking eating something with an arbitrary "Organic" labeling will make you healthier... have at it. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hey D, have you seen how the veggies are produced, shipped and packaged? No matter how you slice it, someone else has had their hands all over the foods you put in to your mouth. Unless you are sterilizing everything... you are not truly removing all the little nasties that are crawling all over it.
Jesus February 09, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Laughing at all the "go vegan" crowd. A simple Google search will show you all the vegetable and fruit recalls over listeria, e-coli, and hepatitis contamination to name a few.
Susan Pavelko February 09, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Ugh! So glad I'm not a big beef eater.
Kathy Robertazzo-Pagano February 09, 2014 at 10:38 PM
Anybody who eats beef lips and cheeks deserves to get sick.
christopher papazoglow February 10, 2014 at 12:06 AM
Do you eat hot dogs, Kathy ? If so, then whether pork or beef, you're eating lips and cheeks. Among other 'select' cuts from the animal(s).
chris February 10, 2014 at 01:00 AM
Um, this doesn't have anything to do with Half Hollow Hills patch. Please stay away from generic article and post local material. Thank you!
maizenbluedoc February 10, 2014 at 09:00 AM
One can be assured that isn't an isolated incident. The idea that people in our government are protecting us is a farace. I am willing to bet that this company will get a slap on the wrist and continue doing what they have always done. Businesses have been slaughtering "downer" animals since commercial production began. I am not a vegan, but am not as enthused to eat meat as I once was. The problem is, in order to make more money, producers are giving us genetically engineered fruits and vegetables, and chemicals that may cause unknown consequences.
Ming Lee February 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Green machine
Vero February 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Watch the movie "Food, Inc."
knee jerk February 10, 2014 at 11:41 AM
This reminds me of George Carlen's skit on "germs". Build up your immune system, never get sick, swim in sh_t.
Lisbeth Allen February 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM
I wouldn't eat this stuff, but I'm glad the entire animal is being used. Well, theoretically. Not in this case anyway. 8.7 million pounds of animals killed for nothing.


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