Canadian Packaging

Beef Recall: 8.7 million pounds of meat from diseased animals

U.S. processing company distributes beef products cut from diseased and unsound cows.


February 10, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff

A beef recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef is underway in the U.S. after it was discovered that the Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, Ca. processed diseased and unsound animals—and all done without a U.S. federal inspection.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the recall on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

The federal agency says the products are “adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce.”

The recall of ‘unfit’ meat was distributed to retail facilities and distribution centers in California, Florida, Texas and Illinois.

There have been no reports of illness at this time.

The following Rancho Feeding Corporation products are subject to recall:

  • Beef Carcasses (wholesale and custom sales only);
  • two 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.

Consumers who have questions about the recall can contact the plant’s Quality Control manager, Scott Parks, at (707) 762-6651. Good luck, Scott.