Petaluma Slaughterhouse Temporarily Terminates Operations

Rancho Feeding Corp., a Petaluma slaughterhouse, at the center of a growing recall has temporarily terminated operations while it attempts to track down and retrieve every shipment of beef from the facility over the past year.

The recall, which began January 13, and was initially restricted to meat processed on a single day that  didn’t undergo a full inspection. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Saturday that the company was recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products that it processed from January 1, 2013 through January 7, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the expanded recall on Saturday, saying Rancho “processed diseased and unsound animals” without a full inspection. The meat products are “unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food” and must be removed from commerce, according to the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Co-owner Robert Singleton confirmed to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on Monday that the company had temporarily ceased processing and was compiling a list of affected companies. He declined further comment.

Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat,