Marin Sun Farms reopens Petaluma plant

USDA gives Marin Sun Farms approval to reopen formerly Rancho Feeding Corp. processing plant.

Marin Sun Farms announced it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to operate its Petaluma processing plant.

According to the company’s website, Marin Sun Farms acquired the Petaluma facility from Rancho Feeding Corp., effective Feb. 28, 2014.

In a letter, Founder and chief executive officer David Evans said “I am proud to announce Marin Sun Farms will soon be resuming operations at this facility. This plant is the gateway for small niche producers to get market access, and I want to get that back to full operations so that consumers can enjoy a growing number of options from local producers in the market place.”

According to a company statement, Marin Sun Farms received an approval from the USDA to operate the processing plant.  The company plans to begin operation on April 7.

The Petaluma facility, under the operation of Rancho Feeding Corp. was closed after a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of beef processed at the facility. 

The USDA’s Office of Inspector General is still conducting an investigation and no further details have been released.

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