Rancho Feeding Corporation recalls 8.7M pounds of beef after processing diseased, unhealthy animals

PETALUMA, Calif. - About 8.7 million pounds of meat from Northern California company Rancho Feeding Corporation have been recalled.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection service says this is a significant expansion of one announced last month, when more than 40,000 pounds of the company's products were recalled.

The agency says Rancho Feeding processed diseased animals without a full federal inspection.  No illnesses have been linked to the meat, but it is considered unfit for human consumption.

Some of the meat was sold in Florida, in addition to Texas, California and Illinois.  It is not immediately clear which companies received the meats, nor whether they were sold in markets or restaurants. A wide range of products are listed in the recall. 

The meats were produced and shipped between January 1, 2013 and January 7, 2014.  They all have "EST. 527" in the USDA mark of inspection and have a case code number ending in 3 or 4.

See all the products included in the recall on the USDA website.

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