U.S. company recalls 8.7 million lbs. of
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[February 10, 2014]
(Reuters) — A California company is
recalling 8.7 million lbs (3.95 million kg) of beef parts because it
used "diseased and unsound animals" and lacked proper federal
inspections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Saturday.
Rancho Feeding Corp of Petaluma, California, produced the beef
between January 1 and January 7 and shipped the meat to distribution
centers and stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas, the
department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement.
No one answered the phone number listed for Rancho Feeding
Corporation on Saturday.
The products are unfit for human food and must be removed, the
department said. There have been no reports of illness, but
consumers are advised to contact a healthcare provider if concerned,
the USDA said.
The USDA listed 18 categories of beef parts that are subject to
recall, such as feet, lips, cheeks, hearts and tongues. They are in
boxes of up to 60 lbs (27 kg).
Some beef carcasses for sale are also in the recall.
Beef carcasses and boxes bear the establishment number "EST.
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527" inside the USDA mark of inspection and have a case code number
ending in 3 or 4.
(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City, Missouri;
editing by Lisa
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