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Markets With Recalled Meat Get Outed; Restaurants Do Not


When the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, CA, revealed on Wednesday that much of the beef cited in the massive Rancho Feeding Corp. beef recall ended up being served at Jack in the Box and other fast-food restaurants, there was a secondary revelation for many in the food industry: The U.S. Department of Agriculture does… Continue Reading

Independent Ranchers Still In Limbo From Rancho Beef Recall


Last August, James Baker took a job as the warehouse manager of BN Ranch after receiving an offer from the owner, Bill Niman. Baker had worked with Niman at another ranch several years prior, and he quickly jumped at the opportunity to work with him again now that Niman had his own ranch. “Bill is… Continue Reading

Meat Recalls + Slaughter Plant Shutdowns = Supplier for the National School Lunch Program?



When you think about the food being served in school cafeterias nationwide, do the words meat recall, animal abuse, unsanitary conditions and slaughter plant shutdowns come to mind? Perhaps they should. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture temporarily shut the doors of Central Valley Meat (CVM), a dairy cow slaughter plant in… Continue Reading

Rancho Owner: Local Ranchers’ Beef Shouldn’t Be Recalled

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The owner of the California beef-processing facility entwined in a national recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef has released a statement insisting that independent ranchers caught up in the recall should not be required to recall their beef. Jesse Amaral, owner of Rancho Feed Corp. for more than 40 years, issued a statement through… Continue Reading

What’s Going On With the Massive Rancho Beef Recall?


More than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the initial recall of beef products processed by central California’s Rancho Feeding Corporation, several questions remain unanswered regarding both the ongoing investigation into the processing plant and the recall itself. The recall involves all 8.7 million pounds of beef slaughtered at Rancho’s plant during… Continue Reading

Rancher Fights Order in Blanket 9-Million-Pound Beef Recall


Editor’s note: This article written by Christopher Peak originally appeared in the Point Reyes Light. Food Safety News does not endorse any individual food producer on cleanliness or safety. We also do not consider antibiotics or growth hormones to be a determining factor in the ultimate safety of a food product. Regardless, we feel the article… Continue Reading

Nearly 1,000 Retailers Listed in 9-Million-Pound Beef Recall


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s list of retailers which received about 8.7 million pounds of now-recalled meat from Rancho Feeding Corporation over the course of 2013 continues to expand. The initial list posted on Feb. 12 consisted of neighborhood markets in California and Pastoral Plate, a meat retailer whose San Francisco Bay Area pick-up locations… Continue Reading

Update: Retailer List Expands in 9-Million-Pound Beef Recall


(Feb. 15 update: The retailer list has been updated to include retailers in Alabama and Mississippi, with additional locations in Florida.) The U.S. Department of Agriculture is piecing together a list of retailers to which 8.7 million pounds of recalled meat had been sent over the course of 2013. While, up until Wednesday, the recall… Continue Reading

CA Beef Producer Announces Own Recall in Connection to Rancho Feeding Corp.


LeftCoast GrassFed of Pescadero, CA, is recalling all of its beef processed in 2013 in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s investigation into Rancho Feeding Corp. – the Petaluma, CA, facility that processed many of the company’s cattle. Rancho recently recalled about 8.7 million pounds of beef because USDA found that the company had… Continue Reading

New Rules on Beef Imports Regarding ‘Mad Cow Disease’ Set for March

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Federal rules on beef imported into the U.S. will change beginning March 4, when importers begin operating under new, more open rules regarding bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the fatal disease in cattle more commonly known as “Mad Cow Disease.” The new rules aim to bring the U.S. guidelines for imports in regard to BSE more… Continue Reading