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Processor Recalls Beef Products Distributed Without Proper USDA Inspection

(This article has been updated to include an expansion of the recall, issued Jan. 16. The original recall was issued Jan. 13.)

Due to lacking a full federal inspection, a California beef processor is recalling 41,683 pounds of beef in whole carcasses and in parts in boxes it shipped to meat markets in northern areas of the state.

Petuluma-based Rancho Feeding Corporation recalled 42,103 pounds of beef products that are not fit for human consumption because the products did not get the proper inspection from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The following is a list of recalled items:

  • 30-lb. boxes of “Book Tripe”
  • beef carcasses, 50-lb. boxes of “beef feet”
  • 20-lb. boxes of “beef extail”
  • 50-lb. boxes of “beef hearts”
  • both 30-lb. and 60-lb. boxes of “beef livers”
  • 30 lb. boxes of “beef cheeks”
  • 60-lb. boxes of “beef tripe”
  • 30-lb. boxes of “beef tongue”

All the beef products were distributed in California to the Del Monte Meat Co. in American Canyon, C&M Meat Company in Berkeley, LaMorenita Market and Vallergas’s Market in Napa, Del Monte Meat Co. and Prime Smoked Meats in Oakland, and RBR Meats in Vernon.

The recalled beef carcasses and boxes bear the establishment number “EST. 527” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each box carries the case code number “ON904” and were produced on Jan. 8, 2014.

The apparent slip-up occurred when the beef parts were produced without antemortem inspections required by federal regulations. It is not likely that any of the beef was consumed.

FSIS is conducting recall effectiveness checks and posted the retail distribution list on its website.

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  • crookedstick

    Could be horse for all we know, This is why I quit feeding my family Beef.

    • ag teacher

      You missed the point, the required inspection was not done, therefore the organs parts had to be recalled as standard safety procedure. Nothing was said about it not being safe AND these organ parts are not mixed in with your meat. Tripe is sold as tripe, heart as heart, etc. If organ meat is mixed into something, the label has to state it. Most of these products are purchased by ethnic consumers whose cultural tastes like them, i.e. Menudo. It isn’t intelligent to jump off the track and make comments that have nothing to do with the story.

  • mary

    This is only the beginning….pass the Safe Food Act….or you will never be sure what is in your packages labeled BEEF..

  • Barb3000

    I was sent a notice from eqinewelfarealliance.org yesterday that the omnibus bill pending before Congress this week contains language that will end the possibility of proposed horse slaughter plants opening in New Mexico and Missouri. The new defunding language contains not only defunding but also a stipulation that funding not be restored until and unless the Food and Drug Administration makes a determination that meat from American horses can be made safe to enter the food supply. The FDA regulates which drugs are safe in meat animals as well as their withdrawal times. The FDA currently categorizes horses as companion non-food animals. I am quoting from the e-mail. I doubt the FDA ever allows horses to be used for food like cattle. The EU will not allow any horse meat shipped directly from the US to be shipped to the EU countries but US horses by the thousands are shipped to Canada/Mexico for slaughter and the meat shipped to EU countries. The EU seems to have a lapse of memory about the drugs that all US horses are given when it comes to horse meat shipped out from both Canada and Mexico.

    There is more in this E-mail so if you want to read it in its entirety please go to the website. But I and many others think things are looking up for the horses. I seems that we have some real help in congress with stopping horse slaughter.