A Year’s Worth Of Beef Products In Class I Recall by FSIS
A massive recall is underway of almost 9 million pounds of beef products from Rancho Feeding Corporation in northern California because it came from ‘diseased or unsound’ animals and was sent to market without federal inspection.
Photo of Rancho Feeding Corporation property in Petaluma, California © Google Maps
This comes on the heels of a January 13 recall by FSIS (The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service) of 40,000 pounds of the company’s products with the health threat labeled as ‘High Risk’.
This was upgraded to the Class I Recall of all beef products produced by the company between January 1, 2013 and January 7, 2014, because many of the products affected could still be frozen and in storage and could cause ‘serious, adverse health consequences’.
So far, there have been no reported illnesses related to the products which were sold in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. At the moment, it’s not known which companies bought the products or if any were sold to grocery stores or restaurants. If such information becomes known, we will post it on this page, so check back for future updates.
UPDATE: FSIS RELEASES PARTIAL LIST OF RETAILERS INVOLVED IN RECALL
The list consists of several neighborhood grocery markets in California:
- Brown’s Valley Market, 3263 Browns Valley Rd. Napa CA
- La Morenita 2436 Jefferson Napa CA
- Vallergas Market 2139 1st St. Napa CA
- Apple Market 155 San Marin Dr. Novato CA
- Buds Meats 7750 Petaluma Hill Rd. Penngrove CA
- G & G 701 Sonoma Mtn. Pkwy Petaluma CA
- Petaluma Mkt. 210 Western Ave. Petaluma CA
- Azteca Market 802 4th St. San Rafael CA
- Carniceria Coalcoman 1415 Maple Ave. Santa Rosa CA
- Carniceria Contreras 1401 Todd Rd. Santa Rosa CA
- Carolina Wild 5380 Aero Dr. Santa Rosa CA
- G & G 1211 W. College Ave. Santa Rosa CA
- Willowside Meats 3421 Guernville Rd. Santa Rosa CA
- Sonoma Market 500 W. Napa Sonoma CA
FSIS Press Release:
WASHINGTON: Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,742,700 pounds, because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.
Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The following Rancho Feeding Corporation products are subject to recall:
- “Beef Carcasses” (wholesale and custom sales only)
- 2 per box “Beef (Market) Heads” (retail only)
- 4-gallons per box “Beef Blood” (wholesale only)
- 20-lb. boxes of “Beef Oxtail”
- 30-lb. boxes of “Beef Cheeks”
- 30-lb. boxes of ” Beef Lips”
- 30-lb. boxes of “Beef Omasum”
- 30-lb. boxes of “Beef Tripas”
- 30-lb. boxes of “Mountain Oysters”
- 30-lb. boxes of “Sweet Breads”
- 30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Liver”
- 30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Tripe”
- 30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Tongue”
- 30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Veal Cuts”
- 40-lb. boxes of “Veal Bones”
- 50-lb. boxes of “Beef Feet”
- 50-lb. boxes of “Beef Hearts”
- 60-lb. boxes of “Veal Trim”
Beef carcasses and boxes bear the establishment number “EST. 527” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each box bears the case code number ending in “3” or “4.” The products were produced Jan. 1, 2013 through Jan. 7, 2014 and shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.
FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that recalled product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers and members of the media who have questions about the recall can contact the plant’s Quality Control manager, Scott Parks, at (707) 762-6651.
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at askkaren.gov.
The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
|USDA Recall Classifications|
|Class I||This 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.|
|Class II||This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.|
|Class III||This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.|