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

(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.

This file photo from June 7, 2000 shows beef sides hanging in a chilling room at the Excel slaughterhouse in Schuyler, Neb.
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)
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