8.7 Million Pounds of Meat Recalled by Northern Calif. Company

Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corporation is accused of processing diseased animals

By Andie Adams
|  Saturday, Feb 8, 2014  |  Updated 8:43 PM PDT
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8.7M Pounds of Meat Recalled by Calif. Company

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More than 8.7 million pounds of meat is being recalled by a processor in Northern California.

Rancho Feeding Corportation, a company in Petaluma, released the recall because it processed diseased and unsound animals without a federal inspection, according to the USDA’s Food and Safety Inspection Service.

The recall is a Class I, which means there is a reasonable probability that the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. So far, no illnesses have been reported.

All the products were produced between Jan. 1 and 7, 2014. They’ve been shipped to distribution centers and stores in California, Florida , Illinois and Texas.

Rancho Feeding issued a smaller recall – more than 41,000 pounds of meat – last month.

The following products are part of the most recent recall:

  • "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"


A total of 8,742,700 pounds of meat is being recalled.

The beef carcasses and boxes have the establishment number “EST. 527” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and every box has a case code number ending in 3 or 4.

If you have questions about food safety, the FSIS recommends logging onto the agency’s virtual representative, askkaren.gov, 24 hours a day.

You can also call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854 from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

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