Impact of Rancho Feeding recall spreads

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GLENDALE, CALIF. — Nestle USA's Prepared Foods Division has voluntarily recalled Hot Pockets brand stuffed sandwiches after finding some meat from Rancho Feeding was used to make the products, the company said. Rancho Feeding, a Petaluma, Calif.-based beef processor, recently recalled approximately 8,742,700 lbs of meat products that were processed from diseased and “unsound” animals without federal inspection.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said no illnesses have been reported in connection with the products. The F.S.I.S. has been investigating Rancho Feeding on concerns the company has been producing meat products without federal inspection.

Nestle said a review of vendor records revealed its affected products were Hot Pockets brand Philly Steak and Cheese in three different pack sizes and the Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese products in the two-pack box.

“While Nestle did not purchase meat directly from Rancho, our procurement teams worked with our supply chain to understand whether any company in this chain may have purchased meat from Rancho Feeding at any time during 2013, the period of time covered by the Rancho Feeding recall,” Nestle said. “From this review, we have confirmed that a small quantity of meat from Rancho was used at Nestle’s Chatsworth, Calif., production operation, a facility devoted entirely to Hot Pockets brand sandwiches. The affected batches of the two varieties in our range of Hot Pockets brand sandwiches are being removed from the marketplace.”

Nearly 1,000 retailers have been affected by the recall, which encompasses nearly a year of beef processing at Rancho Feeding. The F.S.I.S. published a list of 995 retailers affected by the recall. The agency re-issued a recall release after discovering the recalled product was shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments. Most of the establishments are in California, while the others are in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.

Tillamook Country Smoker, Bay City, Ore., initiated its own recall of beef jerky products because it used recalled beef products. The Tillamook recall prompted Canadian businesses Crown Star Food Distributors Ltd. and Wallace & Carey Ltd. to recall various Tillamook County Smoker brand beef jerky products.
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