A Northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because it processed diseased animals without a full federal inspection.
That's a whole year's worth of meat processed by Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service said Saturday that without the full inspection, the recalled products are unfit for human consumption. They were processed from January 1, 2013, through January 7, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. They include beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, cheeks, tripe and tongue. Last month the company recalled more than 40,000 pounds of meat products produced on January 8th that also didn't undergo a full inspection.
The Associated Press tried contacting the company, but their calls went unanswered. There have been no reports of illnesses.