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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:09pm
Washington, DC (CNN/KDBC) — Tainted beef recalled earlier this year from a California meat producer may have reached reached 35 states and Guam -- not just six states as previously believed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday. One of those states heavily affected is Texas. More than 900 Texas stored sold bad beef.
Thousands of retailers have been added to a list of companies that received beef products from the company, Rancho Feeding Corp., the USDA said.
The recall began in January with about 40,000 pounds and was expanded in February to 8.7 million pounds. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said the Petaluma, California-based company recalled the meat because it came from "diseased and unsound" animals that weren't properly inspected.
"Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce," the government agency reported in February.
As of February 14, USDA had not received any reports of illness because of Rancho meat. But the agency called it a "Class I recall," meaning it is a "health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."
The wide range of products subject to recall included 30-pound boxes of beef lips, mountain oysters and sweetbreads, as well as 40-pound boxes of veal bones and 60-pound boxes of veal trim.
The recalled products were produced and shipped between January 1, 2013, and January 7, 2014. The USDA mark of inspection on them has "EST. 527" and their case code number ends in 3 or 4.
After Rancho Feeding Corp. made the recall, Nestle USA issued a voluntary recall in February of some types of Hot Pockets.
Nestle said it had determined that "a small quantity of meat from Rancho was used at Nestle's Chatsworth, California, production operation," which is devoted entirely to Hot Pockets sandwiches.
The affected Hot Pockets products were the two-pack box of Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese, and three different pack sizes of Philly Steak and Cheese.
The following Texas and New Mexico stores sold meet included in the recall:
- 7-11 (TX)
- Albertson's (TX)
- Brookshire's Brothers (TX)
- Brookshire Food Store (TX)
- David's Supermarket (TX)
- Family Dollar (TX/NM)
- Fiesta Mart (TX)
- Foodtown (TX)
- HEB (TX)
- Kent Kwik (TX)
- Kroger (TX)
- Lowe's (TX/NM)
- Thriftway (TX)
- United Supermarket (TX)
- Walgreens (TX/NM)
- Wes-T-Go (TX)
- Winco (TX)
- Smith's (NM)
New Mexico Stores
- Stires Supermarket - 304 McCombs - Chaparral
- Quick Mart - 2110 N. Alameda - Las Cruces
- Save Mart - 495 N. Valley Dr - Las Cruces
- Valero - 2099 Hwy 70 - Ruidoso Downs
- Thriftway - 304 Mechum Dr. - Ruidoso
- Lawrence Brothers - 721 Mecham Dr. - Ruidoso
- Saucedo's Supermarket - 810 Main St. - Lordsburg
El Paso Area Stores
- Food City - 3200 Alameda
- Food City - 5400 Alameda
- Vista Central Market - 2231 N Zaragosa
- Vista Quality Market - 3116 N Piedras
- Vista Quality Market - 3920 Doniphan
- Vista Quality Market - 10005 Alameda
- Horizon Vista Grocery - 121 Kenazo Ave
- Rio Grande Supermarket - 7240 Doniphan
- San Eli Supermarket - 1330 Fabens St.
See the entire list in the attached document below.