About 8.7 million pounds of meat from a Northern California company have been recalled because they came from “diseased and unsound” animals that weren’t properly inspected, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The recall has affected Rancho Feeding Corporation products from January 2013 to January 2014.
According to the U.S. agency, Rancho Feeding "processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection."
"Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce," the agency said.
The FSIS noted there are no reported illnesses tied to these products, which went to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. It was not immediately clear which companies got them, or whether they ended up being sold at any markets or restaurants. However, the government agency indicates that there is "reasonable probability" that consumption could result in "serious, adverse health consequences or death."
Products that are listed for recall includes beef carcasses and various parts such as heads, cheeks, lips, livers, feet and tongues in boxes of 20 pounds and bigger. Forty-pound boxes of veal bones and 60-pound boxes of veal trim are included as well.