9 Million Lbs. of “Diseased and Unsound” Meat May Have Reached 35 States, Says USDA

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Petaluma, California’s Rancho Feeding Corporation recalled 8,742,700 pounds of meat products in February after the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) determined that the meat came from uninspected, “diseased and unsound” animals.

“Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce,” FSIS concluded.

The massive recall resulted in Nestlé voluntarily recalling a bunch of it’s Philly Steak & Cheese variety of Hot Pockets.

On February 8th, FSIS updated it’s official statement “to reflect that beef products associated with recall 13 were shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Texas and Washington.”

Now the USDA is saying this diseased and unsound meat may have reached as far as 35 states and Guam.

Thousands of retailers have been added to a list of companies that could have received beef products from the producer, Rancho Feeding Corp., since the February recall, the USDA said.

“The retail list has been growing as more customers have been notified,” USDA spokesman Adam Tarr told CNN Friday. “The list could expand.”

The USDA will continue to update the list so that the affected products can be removed from commerce, he said. (source)

This is a Class I recall, which the USDA describes as, “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.”

Even though the recall began in January with just 40,000 pounds, it’s more than a little disconcerting that the government is just now announcing two months later that nearly 9 million pounds of this stuff is all over the country and could cause serious health consequences up to and including death.

By the government’s own statements, this story probably isn’t over yet.

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  • BadClown

    Seems like ‘dem peoples what eats dead animals has a whole lot of karma goin’ on – all of it bad!

    • Chris G. Foltz

      na… just a few scumbags making bucks using illegal labor to process rotten meat… welcome to 3rd world america… go have yourself a Haitian Dirt Cookie clown… 😛

  • Tim Brown

    tra la la, sky is falling, oh me, oh my

    • Melissa Melton

      No, but it’s still good to know if you’re eating it, isn’t it?

      • Tim Brown

        sure, I’ll agree with anything you say gorgeous

        • Grey Wolf

          tim had i know this i could have avoided eating meat from the store affected so yes being hypoglycemic and not able to hold nothing down…pretty much it was for me ….this crap almost killed me and i got informed the meat we ate was infected …had they released this info that our area could have been selling this meat i could have had a chance to avoid it…..

          • ok,i am an idiot.

          • Grey Wolf

            no i was for still going with the 20% store bought meat rule…knew i should have went to the 100% game kill 4 years ago when shit started going wrong…they are killing to many people….time to go back to the old ways of the Cherokee People…..no more anything store bought…..even the things that are of technology

          • Chris G. Foltz

            we have an unlimited deer harvest here in Baltimore… Chief… come on up & get yourself a few yearling does next season… wouldn’t believe all the deer around here…well time to go & prep some muskrat meats… 🙂

          • Grey Wolf

            i might just have to take you up on that …been a bit since i stalk bow hunted in Baltimore

      • Chris G. Foltz

        shake & bake those Bambi steaks 🙂

  • americuh

    “there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death”
    The USDA is sure not working quickly to trace where the meat went and get the word out to the public. There is no excuse for delayed recalls being quietly issued weeks after the product has been distributed and probably consumed.
    Buy your meat from small processing shops, and don’t buy frozen dinners.

    • Grey Wolf

      Alabama …i am one of the ones who just got affected by it…

      • americuh

        Sorry to hear that you are ill. Any diagnosis?

        • Grey Wolf

          yea once i got that shit out of my system i am starting to get better but it still affects me i cant eat many things i need to now because they make me sick now…it has screwed my system up more than it was….

  • johncullison

    Last I heard, the only thing wrong with the meat was it wasn’t inspected (and we all know how fantastic USDA inspection is). Also, last I heard, most of it (>90%) has already been consumed. This feels like some sort of weird attack on the last major butcher in Northern California to try to shut them down, not for any valid reason, but wholly for a procedural error more the fault of the USDA than anyone else. Since I also recently had to deal indirectly with the sudden closure of a butcher in Eastern Oregon who did USDA approved individual cuts, seems like something is up. I don’t know what, but what smells fishy around here isn’t the beef.

    • Grey Wolf

      no its real they just found out we have some here in alabama…and the screwed up part is i got hit with it…

      • johncullison

        “got hit with it”… that’s vague enough to ignore.

  • Undecider

    If this meat were to come from an organic producer, it would have been SWAT teamed and shut down. The Big Boys just get a recall.

  • Grey Wolf

    and i am just now getting over food poisoning explains everything now

  • davidmcsf

    Wow – had you been following the whole thing is about shutting down and taking over the small cattle farms and organic beef stocks in Northern California. The whole thing stinks and is basically due to a paperwork tracking error that has NO danger to anyone’s health. They are actually forcing the origin cattle farmers now to personally go all over America to pick up the beef. Essentially it’s so ridiculous considering it was and is an incredibly clean facility where it was processed. But it is not corporate owned. It is forcing most to call it quits and file bankruptcy. So once again the FDA and other alphabets are bringing great business peoples to their knees. Business as usual. Cronyism.

    • americuh

      Paperwork tracking error? The article states the beef came from (in quotes) diseased and unsound animals. They left out any words like possibly, perhaps, maybe, or might. Now, after many years of protesting, arguing and fighting with the USDA over NAIS (an animal tracking system that destroys property rights) I will admit the USDA can lack honesty, and is prone to ridiculous exaggeration when it comes to the need for more funding or expanding their organizational growth, or growth of their once and future employers.
      The article makes little sense, as it does not list any specific disease. Do you perhaps have any more information on the demands to the original cattle owners?

  • Rick E.

    These elk, deer, and bear around me are looking better and better every day! Gonna harvest me one!

    • Grey Wolf

      Rick after what happened to me i am not going to be 20% store bought meat now anymore….its going to 100% killed by me processed by me cured by me and stored by me…..back to the old Cherokee ways….

    • Chris G. Foltz

      Y stop with 1 ??? fill your freezer to the max… wish we had elk here in Maryland… wouldn’t have to kill so many deer … 😛

      • Rick E.

        I’ll tell u friend, elk REALLY taste good! Deer are good, don’t get me wrong, but elks’s da bomb!

  • Arunigrace

    Big box stores will continue to import whatever products are cheapest from countries around the world. Many of these places lack safety regulations(or actively hate Americans and will poison them just because they can) and many more people are going to get poisoned. Wal-Mart, Target, and all big box grocery stores have had to cut costs due to massive layoffs and more selective shoppers. The CEO’s stay rich, everyone else stays sick and poor.
    If you’re a shopper and you want very cheap food that is exactly what you’ll get, and more. You may kill your loved ones in the process. Go small, go local, and stay that way.