Beef recall expanded nationwide; politicians seek more information

Earlier this month, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation was recalling about 9 million pounds of "diseased and unsound" meat. At first, the recall only affected consumers in five states. Now, weeks after the recall was first issued, it has been expanded across the country.

California plant recalls nearly 9 million pounds of uninspected, unsound beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recently announced that a California plant had to recall nearly 9 million pounds of beef processed from “diseased and unsound animals.” The beef was produced by Rancho Feeding Corporation – based in Petaluma, Calif. In addition to using diseased and unsold animals, a news release on the recall also stated that the products were shipped out to stores without the benefit of a full federal inspection, making them “unfit for human food.

Millions of pounds of meat recalled in late January

Government food safety agencies announced more than a dozen recalls throughout the end of January. Most notably, more than 3.2 million pounds of meat products had to be recalled, including tens of thousands of pounds of meat from an Illinois facility.

Two hospitalized from Salmonella contamination at Tennessee correctional facility

Recall announcements from this month reported that mechanically separated chicken produced by Tyson Foods recently caused seven people at a Tennessee correctional facility to become sick. Two of those people had to be hospitalized. The recall announcements also reported that a series of products had to be recalled because they were mislabeled and contained undeclared allergens.

Beef suppliers settle lawsuit over abuse, slaughter of sick cattle

Last month, former beef suppliers to the National School Lunch Program reached an agreement with the United States government and The Humane Society of the United States to settle allegations of mistreating downer cattle at the suppliers' Chino, Calif., slaughter operation. The settlement concluded a nearly five-year legal battle that started in 2008, which also involved the largest meat recall in U.S. history.

Salmonella strain prompts chicken recall

Costco wholesale stores have joined grocery chain Kroger Co. in recalling Foster Farms’ chicken products from its shelves. The recall involves nearly 40,000 pounds of chicken sold on the west coast that has been linked to a 20-state outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg contamination. So far, the outbreak has caused at least 317 illnesses.