A meat recall posted recently by the USDA advised that 8.7 million pounds of meat from “diseased and unsound animals” needed to be returned and destroyed.
A press release from the agency confirmed that the health risk associated with the meat recall was “high”. The company concerned is the Rancho Feeding Corporation based in California. The almost nine million pounds of meat is being recalled because the animals from which the meat came carried diseases, and were not inspected properly before distribution.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that the meat was not in any way suitable for human consumption. The meat recalled was either beef or veal, and was mainly marketed in larger packages of 20-60 pounds.
The good news so far, says the agency, is that nobody has suffered any sickness from consuming the meat – as far as they know. The USDA enables consumers to keep up to date on the latest meat recalls via their service Ask Karen. The service is available 24 hours a day.
8.7 million pounds of meat might seem a lot, but it doesn’t come close to one of the largest meat recalls. Back in 2008, 143 million pounds of hamburger meat was recalled due to the fact it was tainted, and also posed a risk to public health.
It seems, as the latest large meat recall proves, that the U.S. struggles with very high levels of tainted food which leave companies with no option but to recall their products. The FSIS and the USDA are inundated with calls from consumers who want to know more about the regular meat recalls those agencies issue.
If you have purchased meat from the Rancho Feeding Corporation recently you are advised to contact the company via their website for advice on obtaining a refund.