Donal Carter shops for meat from the case of "natural" beef at Whole Foods market. The market claims the beef is raised on a 100% vegetarian diet with no added hormones or antibiotics.
(Photo: 2004 photo by H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)
(USA TODAY) A California meat company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of meat in four states after processing "diseased and unsound" animals without federal inspection, federal officials said.
The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said it has received no reports of illness linked to the meat from Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp. The products were distributed to retailers in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas in the form of beef carcasses and boxes of beef oxtail, liver, cheeks, tongue and and other meats weighing between 30 pounds and 60 pounds, the service said.
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.
The service said that, without complete inspections, the meat is unfit for human consumption. The recall is a Class 1 level -- the most serious -- meaning a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause "serious, adverse health consequences or death."
Saturday's recall comes just a month after Rancho recalled more than 40,000 pounds of meat products that also failed to get a full federal inspection.
A call to the company went unanswered.
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