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USDA: Beef Recall Expanded, May Have Reached 35 States

Beef recalled earlier this year from a California meat producer may have reached 35 states and Guam, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Thousands of retailers have been added to a list of companies that could have received beef products from the producer, Rancho Feeding Corp., since the February recall, the USDA said.

"The retail list has been growing as more customers have been notified," USDA spokesman Adam Tarr told CNN Friday. "The list could expand."

Click here for a list of the products recalled.

The USDA will continue to update the list so that the affected products can be removed from commerce, he said.

Rancho Feeding Corp., based in Petaluma, California, made headlines in February with its recall of 8.7 million pounds of meat products, which followed a recall of more than 40,000 pounds of meat products in January.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said the meat involved in the February recall 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.

The USDA had not received any reports of illness because of the recalled Rancho meat as of a statement issued in February. 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.

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(NBC News) Nestle USA is recalling 238,000 cases of its Hot Pockets pastries because they may contain meat included in a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of “diseased and unsound” beef products.

Three different sizes of Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets and Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese products in the two-pack box are part of the voluntary recall issued Friday but announced on Tuesday.

Officials with the Nestle Prepared Foods Division said that the firm used meat produced by Rancho Feeding Corp. in 2013. Last week, the Petaluma, Calif., plant recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef parts, including whole carcasses and heads, feet, livers and so-called “mountain oysters,” among other items.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service officials said the meat was recalled because the firm processed “diseased and unsound animals” without benefit of full inspection. The plant voluntarily closed last week and FSIS officials are conducting an intensive investigation of its processes and products.

The Rancho products went to at least 974 vendors in California, as well as to a few outlets in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington, USDA officials said. Walmart stores in Edgewater, Calif., and San Leandro, Calif., received some products, the agency indicated.

Nestle officials said they did not purchase meat directly from Rancho, but found that a company in the firm’s supply chain had done so.

“From this review, we have confirmed that a small quantity of meat from Rancho was used at Nestle’s Chatsworth, California production operation, a facility devoted entirely to Hot Pockets brand sandwiches,” the firm said in a press release.

The recall is limited to those two products, which were distributed nationwide. USDA has said that no illnesses have been reported in connection with the Rancho Feeding Corp. recall.

Consumers can return the products or contact Nestle at 800-392-4057.


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