Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, Calif., has recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef because it processed "diseased and unsound animals" and carried out these activities "without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection," USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday.
FSIS says because animals were processed without full inspection, products are "unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce."
Beef carcasses and boxes bear the establishment number "EST. 527" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each box bears the case code number ending in "3" or "4."
The products were produced Jan. 1, 2013 through Jan. 7, 2014 and shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.
Affected products include beef tripe, tongue, oxtail, liver, hearts and other offal cuts.
FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider, the agency said.
When available, the retail distribution lists of the affected products will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.