8.7M Lbs. of 'Diseased, Unsound' Meat Recalled
California-based firm's beef, veal products weren't properly inspected
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2014 7:11 AM CST
This file photo from June 7, 2000 shows beef sides hanging in a chilling room at the Excel slaughterhouse in Schuyler, Neb.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

(Newser) – Bad news for Americans who consume food, specifically of the meat variety: California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation is recalling some 8.7 million pounds of beef and veal products after feds determined that it "processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection." As per the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service's press release: "The products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome, or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce."

The time range is striking: The recall affects products produced and shipped between January 1, 2013, and January 7, 2014, notes CNN. The products include beef carcasses and parts like livers, feet, and tongues; they shipped to distribution centers and retail locations in California, Florida, Illinois, and Texas. No illnesses have been linked to the recalled meat. Click for the full recall.

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Feb 18, 2014 9:12 AM CST
The list of recalled product was mostly cow parts that I can't imagine people eating: Omasum, veal bones, beef blood and so on. There weren't any of the meat that people normally eat like steaks. The packaging was 30 to 50 lb. parcels. Sounds like the good stuff was ok to sell, but not the left over carcases and parts which were bulk packed for non-retail use (except for the beef heads). Sounds a bit odd.
Feb 10, 2014 2:58 PM CST
How about the millions of pounds of rotting plants at the grocery store.
Feb 10, 2014 9:30 AM CST
I am going to drink vino !