USDA: Recalled beef may have reached 35 states, 173 stores in Utah

The images above display the names and addresses of Utah stores that may have received shipments of the beef, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Click here for a PDF of the nation-wide list: Beef recall list by state

By Elizabeth Landau and Jason Hanna

CNN

(CNN) — Beef recalled earlier this year from a California meat producer may have reached 35 states and Guam, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

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.

Rancho Feeding Corp., based in Petaluma, California, made headlines in February with its recall of 8.7 million pounds of meat products, which followed a recall of more than 40,000 pounds of meat products in January.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said the meat involved in the February recall came from “diseased and unsound” animals that weren’t properly inspected.

“Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce,” the government agency reported in February.

The USDA had not received any reports of illness because of the recalled Rancho meat as of a statement issued in February. But the agency called it a “Class I recall,” meaning it 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.”

The wide range of products subject to recall included 30-pound boxes of beef lips, mountain oysters and sweetbreads, as well as 40-pound boxes of veal bones and 60-pound boxes of veal trim.

The recalled products were produced and shipped between January 1, 2013, and January 7, 2014. The USDA mark of inspection on them has “EST. 527″ and their case code number ends in 3 or 4.

After Rancho Feeding Corp. made the recall, Nestle USA issued a voluntary recall in February of some types of Hot Pockets.

Nestle said it had determined that “a small quantity of meat from Rancho was used at Nestle’s Chatsworth, California, production operation,” which is devoted entirely to Hot Pockets sandwiches.

The affected Hot Pockets products were the two-pack box of Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese, and three different pack sizes of Philly Steak and Cheese.

CNN’s Shannon Travis, Greg Botelho, Janet DiGiacomo, Ed Payne and Chandler Friedman contributed to this report.

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11 comments

  • Lacie

    Nice pretty sure we already are the neat we bought during that Tim. Glad we didn’t get sick. Seriously just need to go vegetarian!!!

    • Mike

      Yes, we should just go vegetarian because beef lips, mountain oysters, sweetbreads, veal bones and veal trim are always on my weekly shopping list.

    • Kevin

      Very few meat products had this meat in it. The main item that had the meat was hot pockets. Stores have been informed of this meat product back in January. And now the news is making a big deal out of eat. The stores should have thrown it away back in January. I love the timing of Fox 13.

  • missmaria70207

    my first question would be: who did the inspection and why does all the product have an inspection mark?If a person is in general good health they won’t fall over sick and die just like that from a ‘bad’ piece of meat….funny how it is not mentioned what disease and unsoundness and just how many animals were affected? Yet, the gov wants me to trust them with food safety and health care, and they can’t even get inspections right?

  • Darren McClish

    Just looked at states where I family. The CA list is inaccurate, but I didn’t check too many other states. The CA list shows San Bernardino for most all of the cities starting with “San” in the name.
    Thank you USDA Inspection Service for putting out a poorly written and inaccurate report.
    Not sure how many other inaccuracies are in the report., but I would guess there are plenty.

  • somnad78

    Two of the stores listed in my area do NOT sell ANY meat products. One is a hardware store and the other sells propane. This store list cannot be accurate.

  • gary a seidletz

    Going Vegetarian won’t help, there’s just as many recalls on produce. I receive E-mail every Monday on ‘all’ recalls issued Nation wide and Canada, it’s unbelieveable

  • Tyreisha kight

    It’s sad nothing we eat is safe I’m about to stop eating beef and just eat fruits and veg.

  • Katrina Wren

    Seriously thinking about getting my own farm and raising my own food completely and to hell with the government and their “standards”. Obviously they are failing miserably every time someone turns around.

  • Ziggypope

    This is the degree to which corporations have succeeded in getting rid of inspectors, under the guise of wanting a “small government”.

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