AFTER Rancho Feeding Corp. recalled a years' worth of processed beef (Feedstuffs, Feb. 17), additional companies have announced voluntary recalls.
On Feb. 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice of recall for nearly 9 million lb. of beef processed at Rancho from January 2013 through January 2014.
The recall notice was updated Feb. 14 to add Oregon and Washington to the list of states to which the recalled beef was distributed, which had already included California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.
As a result, Nestlé USA announced last week that it is recalling Hot Pockets brand Philly steak and cheese products. After reviewing its vendor records, the company confirmed that a small quantity of meat from Rancho was used at its Chatsworth, Cal., facility, which is dedicated to manufacturing Hot Pockets sandwiches.
Similarly, LeftCoast GrassFeed is recalling its beef products and offering customers a full refund on qualifying products as result of the FSIS investigation of Rancho.
Last summer and fall, LeftCoast contracted Rancho to process grass-fed cattle for beef products to be sold in farmers markets and directly from the company's website.
As a safety measure and in cooperation with FSIS, LeftCoast issued a recall for all beef processed in 2013.
"While we and our fellow small producers affected by the recall do not know the details of the USDA investigation, we are working hard to learn more and are looking to the USDA for their leadership in this crisis to minimize the damage and find the most constructive path forward," LeftCoast said in a statement on its website.