Meat recall by California firm hits four states

Meat recall involves a massive 8.7 million pounds of beef products, a year's worth of production at Rancho Feeding Corp. Meat recall affects California, Florida, Illinois, and Texas. No reports of illnesses.

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    A line of cows walk in area burnt by a wildfire last year in California's Riverside county. A northern California company has issued a massive meat recall because it processed unhealthy animals, federal officials say.
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A northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds (3.95 million kilograms) of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, U.S. officials said Saturday.

That's just over a year's worth of meat products processed by Rancho Feeding Corp., which has been under scrutiny by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency said that without full inspection, the recalled products are unfit for human consumption.

The products were processed from Jan. 1, 2013, through Jan. 7, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. They include beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, cheeks, tripe, tongue and veal bones.

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Last month the company recalled more than 40,000 pounds (18,140 kilograms) of meat products produced on Jan. 8 that also didn't undergo a full inspection.

The problems were discovered as part of an ongoing investigation, the FSIS said.

A call to the company went unanswered.

There have been no reports of illnesses.

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