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Where’s the Recalled Beef?

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  1. Nina Wolf

    why Susan, who would do such a thing? Certainly not anyone with a “Big Heart”! Hah!

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Good one!

  2. Dianne

    What exactly does this mean? “not otherwise in violation of the law” It is hard to imagine that using any of the not legally allowed meat isn’t in violation of more than one law.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I agree Dianne – and I can’t tell you exactly what it means. FDA doesn’t like to discuss these compliance policies very often.

  3. Gitta

    9 million pounds = a LOT of $. Depending on how much will not go into human consumption, I find it hard to believe that what is not fit for human consumption will find its way to a landfill. And why not? What would be so special about this beef that would keep it out of the pet food chain?

    But I don’t think we will ever know where exactly it ends up.

  4. Kathryn

    This recall is bs. She says it right there “That ‘depend’ – depends on if the USDA determines any diseased animals were processed by Rancho Feeding Corporation.” They are still investigating at this point.
    The recall dated back to January 2013!! That meat has long been sold and consumed. They don’t know if there were diseased cows or not. Look at Tara firma farms website for more insight into this recall.

  5. Anonymous

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  6. karyn zoldan

    Diseased meat does end up in 4D meat which is fed to racing greyhounds. The 4D stands for dead, dying, diseased, and downer or disabled mixed with charcoal and fed RAW to racing greyhounds. 4D is not fit for pet consumption but never the less racing greyhounds are fed it because it’s cheap.

  7. Terri Halligan

    The first thing I thought when I heard about the recall was that all the recalled beef would end up in pet food. I’m so glad I started cooking for my fellas and making their treats.

  8. Anonymous

    There is another side to the recall of beef from this small, local slaughter house. Many of the small, local Bay Area farmers who raise their free range animals on pastures (and often organically) use this local slaughterhouse to supply meat to the local farmer’s market and meat CSAs. The meat CSA I belong to has been using this slaughterhouse for many years without any problems.

  9. Kelley Hayden

    Feeling very cynical this evening, I find it hard to believe that any company would pass up the opportunity to make easy money from any circumstance, so long as they are not breaking the law or in danger of being sued. What easier way to make money than to sell a compromised product (buy low, sell high) such as recalled meat to the PFI, particularly when the FDA’s compliance policies make it so easy to do so. Yet another reason to serve home cooked, whole foods to your treasured companions.

  10. Eucritta

    This recall may not be what it seems at first glance.

    As someone above has pointed out, most of the meat has been long since eaten, with little left to return. There have been no reports of illness, either. The USDA has been very cagey about the investigations and recall. Just this morning they added a mite more information – that staff at Rancho ‘circumvented’ the requirement for inspection – but not how or why. It’s unclear if any actually diseased or unsound animals were slaughtered there. It’s possible, but neither Rancho nor the USDA are talking, and we’ve been given no real information on which to assess actual risk. We haven’t even been told if the diseased, unsound cattle in contention were from one of the local ranches, or the dairy culls Rancho purchased for slaughter and processing on its own.

    Which gripes me no end, because I get almost all our meat from small-scale local operations which used Rancho. So my pets and I are directly affected, even though I was doing my best to provide us all with good-quality meats from humanely-raised pastured animals.

  11. Ellie

    When you take a look at the things that are being done to the human food supply it is not difficult to imagine that the food industry and FDA would do just about anything to the pet and livestock food supply.

  12. Eucritta

    Follow-up in today’s paper:

    According to the federal meat inspectors’ union, an inspector at Rancho last year repeatedly complained that her supervising veterinarian passed ‘questionable’ dairy cattle for slaughter and ignored her reports of noncompliance with federal regulations, including inhumane treatment and ‘improperly discharged’ waste-water. She also said she’d been harassed, and her supervisors at the USDA also ignored her reports.

    Interesting reading.

  13. Nyx

    The complete failure of the FDA to protect our food chain is lost on most Americans. On one hand it is tasked with protecting the health and welfare of the people, yet on the other hand it is heavily funded by lobbyists. The conflict of interest results in a complete failure to protect the people.

    Many of the chemicals in our processed foods, and several pesticides used on crops are banned in other countries which have produced conclusive studies linking these toxins to chronic disease. The FDA “disagrees.” Never expected or believe the FDA cares about or protects the health and welfare of the people over the food and pharmaceutical giants. They simply don’t, and repeatedly prove it.

  14. Nyx

    and I forgot to thank you for sharing this article – it’s very, very helpful and informative. Thank you so much Susan!

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