The Northern California meat processor Rancho Feeding Corporation expanded their product recall to include 8.7 million pounds of tainted beef already packaged and, in some cases, available to consumers on the market – a significant increase from a mid-January recall that affected only 40,000 pounds of meat.
According to the Feb. 8 release from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Rancho Feeding “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection. Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce.”
The USDA listed the health advisory as a Class 1 recall – it’s most serious grouping of recalls. Class 1 recalls are a “health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
To date, no known reported sicknesses have been reported because of the diseased meat.
The tainted beef products were produced Jan. 1, 2013 through Jan. 7, 2014 and shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. For a listing of the individual brands included in the recall, see the USDA’s notice.