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USDA Identifies Some Retailers in Massive Beef Recall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has finally identified some of the retailers who sold some of the 9 million pounds of beef recalled in California by Rancho Feeding Corporation late last week.

Missing from the list are any retailers in Florida, Illinois and Texas who might have sold the meat, according to the initial recall notice. A spokesperson for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspections Service has told Food Safety News that the list is partial and the agency is still working to identify the remaining retailers.

The list consists of several neighborhood grocery markets in California:

  • Brown’s Valley Market, 3263 Browns Valley Rd., Napa
  • La Morenita, 2436 Jefferson, Napa
  • Vallergas Market, 2139 1st St., Napa
  • Apple Market, 155 San Marin Dr., Novato
  • Bud’s Meats, 7750 Petaluma Hill Rd., Penngrove
  • G & G, 701 Sonoma Mtn. Pkwy., Petaluma
  • Petaluma Mkt., 210 Western Ave., Petaluma
  • Azteca Market, 802 4th St., San Rafael
  • Carniceria Coalcoman, 1415 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
  • Carniceria Contreras, 1401 Todd Rd., Santa Rosa
  • Carolina Wild, 5380 Aero Dr., Santa Rosa
  • G & G, 1211 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa
  • Willowside Meats, 3421 Guernville Rd., Santa Rosa
  • Sonoma Market, 500 W. Napa, Sonoma

The company issued the recall after they were found to have processed “diseased and unsound animals” and carried out the processing without the benefit of a full USDA inspection.

The following Rancho Feeding Corporation products are subject to recall:

  • “Beef Carcasses” (wholesale and custom sales only)
  • 2 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”

Beef carcasses and boxes bear the establishment number “EST. 527″ inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each box bears the case code number ending in “3” or “4.” The products were produced Jan. 1, 2013, through Jan. 7, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.

On Jan. 13, 2014, Rancho Feeding Corporation recalled 41,683 pounds of meat products. On Jan. 16, that recall was expanded to include an additional 420 pounds of product that was produced without the benefit of full federal inspection, making it unfit for human food. The following Rancho Feeding Corporation products were subject to the recalls:

  • 30-lb. boxes of “Book Tripe”
  • 50-lb. boxes of “Beef Feet”
  • 20-lb. boxes of “Beef Oxtail”
  • 50-lb. boxes of “Beef Hearts”
  • 60 and 30-lb. boxes of “Beef Liver”
  • 30-lb. boxes of “Beef Cheeks”
  • 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Tripe”
  • 30-lb. boxes of “Beef Tongue”

All products bear the establishment number “EST. 527” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each box bears the case code number “ON9O4.” The products were produced Jan. 8, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California.

© Food Safety News
  • michaelsc1954

    Well u can thank the Republicans for the budget cuts in Congress which stops the Gov’t from hiring more USDA Inspectors. Remember Republicans r about repealing all gov’t regulations on Big Corporations.

    • Former Citizen

      Or you can thank yourself by dropping the left/right two party paradigm rhetoric. Finger pointing and the blame game have put this country where it is to date. Perhaps it would be more constructive to focus on actual issues than point fingers across the floor eh?

      • DarkHuntress

        Resolving the ‘actual issues’ requires money and that’s hard to do when the budgets been cut.

    • C. P.

      Really? Why don’t we just blame a crappy company for cutting corners and producing a bad product.

      So stupid. You need to go in timeout for that one. No internet for you sir.

    • Thomas S

      Michaelsc1954 – what an uninformed statement. You are either ignorant or stupid. Ignorance can be cured. Good luck!

  • crookedstick

    Well they can’t inspect Beef and they want to add horses that are given Drugs that are forbidden in Animals used for Meat ! and yes Michael , you are correct, this push for horsemeat is along Party lines. The Co=Sponsors of the Safe-guard American Foods Exports Act (SAFE ACT) are predominantly Democrats. BOYCOTT BEEF !

  • Joe Granata

    who ok’d the meat ? there had to be an inspector there to give it the stamp

  • overseaschinese

    We should be more careful about what’s going on at the ground level. And take more responsibility on what we do to others (in this case, to the consumer).

    Unfortunately, such ‘issues’ are gone without any punishment or persecution. It’ll only continue because no one cares!

    Unlike in China, they actually take action against those responsible, and take the effort to progress and make the changes to ensure the people are healthy and safe.

    Shouldn’t the US be taking the lead in setting an example?!?!

  • sav

    This recall on the beef has nothing to do with Rep budget cuts..maybe you should think about the people hired into these slaughter houses and not doing their job…On top of BIg Government Obama supporting Monsanto-GMO..allowing them to poison our food..

  • ziggypop

    How is that “small government” working for us? Feel better now?

  • mary

    When companies cut corners to cut costs and look the other way rather than insuring that the “meat” that is going into our food chain is acceptable this is what happens. Look at the EU and what has happened to their so called “beef” that is really horse, donkey, fox, dog and anything else they can slab out and grind up. The equine is tainted meat and not safe for human consumption containing carcinogens and toxins that have many side effects…all in the name of a better profit. Wake up people or it will be here in the States…there is no integrity in our food sources any longer. Speak up, help pass the Safe Act and make sure that our horses and wild herds do not end up in your burger.

  • mary

    There is and will be more horse meat identified as BEEF all over Europe and China…the more they test the meat and products more DNA shows up identified as horse and “other meat”. My point is that when America’s horses are shipped out of the country and processed as meat for export…Canada and Mexico are guilty of knowingly exporting this meat for human consumption which is toxic and tainted with pharmaceuticals that we give our horses regularly. Perhaps your horses are raised for consumption but ours are not….and by literally buying into this cheaper source of red meat, you are playing roulette with yours and your family’s long term health. Bon Appetite!!

  • mary

    …and pre-made convenience foods that are created for constitutional meals such as Nursing Homes and school meals….in other words the most at risk groups the aged and the youth.

  • E

    Is there a list yet of all the companies and stores that bought their meat from this place? I live in Texas and I always shop from the Whole Foods store and buy organic, is there any way for that meat to be apart of this?


  • Shinethelight


    You should be more aware of all of the statistics and studies out there, not just those that satisfy your end. Since you weren’t paying attention, here is what you missed: childhood obesity has been directly linked to the food, fast food in particular, we eat, food allergies are more prevalent in small children and can be traced and attributed to the diet of the birth mother, and it has been well discussed and verified that early development of female breast in girls, as young as 8yrs of age, is due to the food they eat. Development of GMOs has less to do with President Obama and more to do with Republican resistance to regulation enforcement or the introduction of any regulations that may stop or limit the use of them by profit motivated corporations.

  • Shinethelight

    For those of you who want to immediately label the worker as lazy and incompetent, then want to accuses them of doing nothing; what do you say about a bunch of state representatives who have been at work, for the last six years and done nothing on their jobs. But alas, they care not, for they still get paid!

  • Sandy

    Oh yeah, Obama runs the disgusting Monsanto. NO. He does not. You can than
    k Republicans for almost everything that is wrong in our nation.

  • Kacie E Coulter

    Would be nice to know about illinois