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Beef recall shuts down California plant

Do you have the latest news on food safety? The USDA recently issued a Class I (high risk) food recall for almost 9 million pounds of beef.

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More than 8.7 million pounds of beef has been recalled by Rancho Feeding Corp. of Petaluma, Calif. The reason for the recall? The company processed “diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection,” as noted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FSIS noted that the products are “adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce.” The slaughterhouse has voluntarily stopped its operations in “an abundance of caution,” as it attempts to track down the beef it shipped in the past year. Robert Singleton, the company owner, has expressed regret for any inconvenience to customers.

Some of the products included in the recall are beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, cheeks, tripe, tongue and veal bones. The meat products were produced between Jan. 1, 2013, and Jan. 7, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. The recalled product has “EST. 527” in the USDA inspection mark and has a case code number ending in “3” or “4.” So far there have been no reports of illnesses, but if you are concerned about eating unsafe food, you should contact a health care professional.

This latest recall has been vastly expanded since Jan. 13, 2014, when Ranch Feeding Corp. first recalled about 42,000 pounds of meat. For a list of current product recalls, visit the FSIS website.

The USDA considers this to be a Class I recall. According to the department, that indicates the following: “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

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