USDA: Recalled beef may have reached 35 states

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(CNN) — Beef recalled earlier this year from a California meat producer may have reached 35 states and Guam, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Thousands of retailers have been added to a list of companies that could have received beef products from the producer, Rancho Feeding Corp., since the February recall, the USDA said.

“The retail list has been growing as more customers have been notified,” USDA spokesman Adam Tarr told CNN Friday. “The list could expand.”

The USDA will continue to update the list so that the affected products can be removed from commerce, he said.

Rancho Feeding Corp., based in Petaluma, California, made headlines in February with its recall of 8.7 million pounds of meat products, which followed a recall of more than 40,000 pounds of meat products in January.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said the meat involved in the February recall came from “diseased and unsound” animals that weren’t properly inspected.

“Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce,” the government agency reported in February.

The USDA had not received any reports of illness because of the recalled Rancho meat as of a statement issued in February. But the agency called it a “Class I recall,” meaning it is a “health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The wide range of products subject to recall included 30-pound boxes of beef lips, mountain oysters and sweetbreads, as well as 40-pound boxes of veal bones and 60-pound boxes of veal trim.

The recalled products were produced and shipped between January 1, 2013, and January 7, 2014. The USDA mark of inspection on them has “EST. 527” and their case code number ends in 3 or 4.

After Rancho Feeding Corp. made the recall, Nestle USA issued a voluntary recall in February of some types of Hot Pockets.

Nestle said it had determined that “a small quantity of meat from Rancho was used at Nestle’s Chatsworth, California, production operation,” which is devoted entirely to Hot Pockets sandwiches.

The affected Hot Pockets products were the two-pack box of Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese, and three different pack sizes of Philly Steak and Cheese.

CNN’s Shannon Travis, Greg Botelho, Janet DiGiacomo, Ed Payne and Chandler Friedman contributed to this report.

By Elizabeth Landau and Jason Hanna

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  • Mike Janczura

    This story is only 15 months old. In my humble opinion there is nothing wrong except for USDA trying to salvage their hides. A butchering company can not take charge of watching their own meat being cut without the guidance of a union USDA certified worker watching over their shoulder? Things are getting out of control people. They are recalling meat that was shipped LAST JANUARY 2013 – JANUARY 2014. This is along the same line as when Louisiana Forced a shelter to destroy its meat given to them.

    ” And it appears there was absolutely nothing wrong with the condemned meat. It was processed and packaged correctly at a facility licensed and inspected by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture. However, after the Louisiana Department of Health received a complaint that venison was being served at the homeless shelter, an inspector forced shelter volunteers to throw the meat in the dumpster and pour bleach on it. Later, on its Facebook page, the health department claimed “there is no way to verify how the deer were killed, prepared or stored.”” c/o

    So because no one from the USDA was there to VERIFY how it was killed and cut, this meat was deemed “diseased and unsound”. Let people do their JOB. You look at this in denial but look at our leaders and approval of their actions? Start looking and inspecting the USDA a bit closer.

  • Mike Janczura

    USDA To Allow Chickens From U.S. To Be Shipped To China For Processing And Back To U.S. For Consumption, Just Like Seafood.

    So this is okay? Ship chickens FROM USA to CHINA then processed with no USDA workers present.. then from CHINA to USA with no other inspection needed? huh… sounds like a double standard but, we are used to that from our government and its branches to the point in which no one cares anymore. Might as well brand it as soilent green.

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