Friday, February 21, 2014

Rancho sold after massive recall

In Canada, the beef packers that are caught peddling dangerous beef pick up and carry on. In the U.S. they are bankrupted.

Rancho Feeding Corp., shut down after recalling nine million pounds of beef harvested from diseased animals and without the benefit of federal inspection, is negotiating a California company.

Marin Sun Farms spokesman Jeff Bordes told Meatingplace magazine that the grass-fed beef producer is in the process of purchasing Rancho’s plant in Petaluma, Calif.

Rancho announced the massive recall Feb. 8 and is under federal investigation for selling “diseased and unsound” animals.

David Evans, president and CEO of Marin Sun Farms e-mailed Meatingplace that the closure of the Petaluma plant was devastating to him and other ranchers in Marin County.

He said he is committed to efforts to help build a sustainable food model, with hopes to reopen the facility so that he and other local ranchers will again be able to process their livestock there.

Among Canadian companies that skated through massive recalls were J.M, Schneider Corp. after lunchmates poisoned school children and Maple Leaf Foods whose listeria-riddled luncheon meats killed more than 20 customers.