In an attempt to help consumers understand the situation surrounding Rancho Feeding Corporation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted an update to the recall site.
The page informs consumers that inspection personnel were on-site during normal operations, but due to the ongoing investigation by the USDA Office of the Inspector General, FSIS can’t give any further comment on “the company’s intermittent circumvention of inspection requirements that may have occurred over an extended period of time.”
FSIS has received no reports of illness from consumption of these products.
A year’s worth of meat – approximately 8.7 million pounds – was recalled by Petaluma, CA, processor Rancho Feeding Corporation in February for lacking a full federal inspection. Many of the carcasses that were the subject of the recall were shipped to other establishments, where they were processed into smaller cuts and sold. Some of this meat was included in processed products such as frozen entrees.
FSIS has since followed the path of the recalled product as the cuts were sold for processed food. The agency’s March 8 list of retailers included more than 5,800 specific retailers in 45 states, Washington, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico.
There are another 171 “Nationwide, State-Wide, or Area-Wide Distribution” locations listed that include 7-11, Albertsons, Family Dollar, Kroger, Piggly-Wiggly, Walgreens and various gas stations. Shell and Target are the two stores with locations listed as “nationwide.”
Consumers who have shopped at one of the establishments on the list should contact that store’s manager to see if product they purchased is part of the recall.
As of March 20, 2014, FSIS has completed all checks and determined that the recall activities were effective. There will be no further additions to the distribution list, but, in an effort to make the information as accessible as possible, it will remain in the “active” section of the FSIS recalls website.© Food Safety News