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Meat recall: Rancho Feeding Corporation's 8.7 million pound beef recall

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A meat recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef from Rancho Feeding Corporation has been made since the meat product came from diseased and unsound animals that were not inspected properly, according to a CNN report on Sunday.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service made the meat recall announcement on Saturday. The recall is reportedly a huge expansion of the recall announced Jan. 13 when some 40,000 pounds of Rancho Feeding Corporation’s products were also recalled.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture asserts that Ranchero Feeding Corporation processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection. Therefore, says the federal agency, the products are adulterated because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce.

The unfit product has been distributed to distribution centers and retail facilities in California, Florida, Illinois, and Texas. The agency said there have not been any reported illnesses thus far.

Unfortunately, it is not publicly known which companies received the beef product or whether it got to restaurants or markets.

The recall includes beef carcasses as well as heads, cheeks, lips, livers, feet, and tongues in 20-pound boxes and larger. Additionally, there are 40-pound boxes of veal bones and 60-pound boxes of veal trim. The recalled product which failed to have a full federal inspection was shipped between Jan. 1, 2013 and Jan. 7. 2014 – almost a full year’s product from the company.

Obviously, there needs to be more information forthcoming as to where these recalled beef products ended up.

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