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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"
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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