Northern California meat producer, Rancho Feeding Corp., is recalling 8.7 million pounds, or what amounts to about a year's worth, of meat. The affected meat was processed from Jan. 1, 2013, through Jan. 7, 2014, according to the AP.
Rancho Feeding Corp. has been under the magnifying glass of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, which determined that the company processed diseased and unhealthy animals. That resulted in the recall of more than 40,000 pounds of meat products produced last month on Jan. 13th, according to CNN.
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Rancho Feeding Corp. "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 recall notice also noted that there was a "reasonable probability" that eating the affected meat could result in "serious, adverse health consequences or death."
The products that are named in the most recent recall are some of the less-popular items like beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, cheeks, tripe, tongue and veal bones. The affected meat products were produced and shipped between January 1, 2013, through January 7, 2014, and all have "EST. 527" in the USDA mark of inspection. They also all have a case code number which will end with a 3 or 4.
As of yet, there are not any reported illnesses tied to Rancho Feeding Corp. These products did go to distribution centers and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas, so please check the labels on any of these kinds of products that you buy.
Unsurprisingly, phone calls made to Rancho Feeding Corp. for comment over the weekend went unanswered.
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