Petaluma Beef Being Recalled — USDA Says Cattle Not Inspected Before Slaughter

Some of the recalled beef was apparently shipped to outlets n Oakland and Berkeley, according to the USDA.

Rancho Feeding Corporation. Patch file photo.
Rancho Feeding Corporation. Patch file photo.
More than 41,000 pounds of beef from a Petaluma slaughterhouse are being recalled because federal officials say the cattle weren't properly inspected before they were killed.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service on Monday announced the recall of beef from Rancho Feeding Corporation.

The facility was raided by federal and local authorities on Friday, according to KPIX5.

The USDA says it believes the recalled beef was shipped to seven locations, including Del Monte Meat Company centers in Oakland, which supplies some restaurants, according to the company website, and American Canyon; Prime Smoked Meat Company in Oakland; C&M Meat Co., a Berkeley wholesaler; La Morenita Market and Vallerga's Market, both in Napa; and RBR Meats in Vernon, CA.

The following products from Rancho Feeding Corporation are now being recalled, according to a USDA press release:
  • “Beef Carcasses”
  • 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”
The beef carcasses and boxes are marked with "EST. 527" in the USDA inspection stamp, and each box has the case number "ON9O4," according to the press release.

The beef was produced Wednesday, Jan. 8, and shipped to distribution centers and stores around California. Authorities say the beef was produced "without full-ante-mortem inspection as per federal regulations."

"FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products," the press release states. "Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider."

The meat recall is classified as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall reserved for items posing the worst health risk.

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Art Bz January 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Important info to get. I hope it's issued in Spanish and Asian languages as the meats described are more readily stocked in ethnic grocers.
Cheryl January 14, 2014 at 09:48 PM
So what is that? 4000 animals wasted? How much tonnage of water and feed wasted?
Sandy Murphey January 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM
If the beef (cows) weren't inspected "ante-mortem" (before death), wouldn't that indicate the entire cow, rather than just certain parts? There's something about this report that doesn't make sense, and my previous comment hasn't appeared which asks for more information from the USDA or Rancho Feeding Corporation. Are inspections done randomly, or on a schedule? Who's investigating this?


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