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Petaluma Beef Recalled After Cows Not Inspected Before Slaughter

Rancho Feeding Corporation is recalling 41,683 pounds of beef produced Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Rancho Feeding in Petaluma. (Photo: Patch Archive)
Rancho Feeding in Petaluma. (Photo: Patch Archive)
By Cody Kitaura

More than 41,000 pounds of beef from a Petaluma slaughterhouse are being recalled because federal officials say the cows 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 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.


John January 15, 2014 at 01:52 PM
And what happened to the rest of the cattle - the steaks? This should give everyone pause to think about how little they really know about where their meat comes from. Think about how many cows this represents. The indicated weight was only a part of the total since the steaks weren't included. The vast majority of the meat industry is disgusting at best. Know where your meat comes from by buying directly from the rancher. Too expensive that way? Just think about the questionable safety of your meat and the possibly (likely) unseemly procedures that have been done to it. At the very least don't by meat that is not stamped by the USDA (select, choice or prime - select is the lowest grade). Eat less meat, but know more about where it comes from. You will feel better both physically and mentally, knowing that you are being proactive in your own well-being.

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