U.S. company recalls 8.7 million lbs of beef parts

Sun Feb 9, 2014 12:00am EST

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(Reuters) - A California company is recalling 8.7 million lbs (3.95 million kg) of beef parts because it used "diseased and unsound animals" and lacked proper federal inspections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Saturday.

Rancho Feeding Corp of Petaluma, California, produced the beef between January 1 and January 7 and shipped the meat to distribution centers and stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas, the department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement.

No one answered the phone number listed for Rancho Feeding Corporation on Saturday.

The products are unfit for human food and must be removed, the department said. There have been no reports of illness, but consumers are advised to contact a healthcare provider if concerned, the USDA said.

The USDA listed 18 categories of beef parts that are subject to recall, such as feet, lips, cheeks, hearts and tongues. They are in boxes of up to 60 lbs (27 kg).

Some beef carcasses for sale are also in the recall.

Beef carcasses and boxes bear the establishment number "EST.

527" inside the USDA mark of inspection and have a case code number ending in 3 or 4.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City, Missouri; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Comments (2)
Jingan wrote:
….hidden story……deaths caused recall and publications…..like in China…almost

Feb 09, 2014 8:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
njglea wrote:
Some details about this dangerous event would be appreciated. Who forced the recall and how did they find out about it? Good grief – the company ” used “diseased and unsound animals”? Stores probably ground the parts into hamburger. This is beyond frightening and acceptable. Our entire food chain is dangerous because of the lack of government regualtion and corporate social conscience.

Feb 10, 2014 9:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
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