The company at the heart of a significant beef recall is ceasing operations, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA's Office of the Inspector General says Rancho Feeding Corporation, based out of Petaluma, Calif., says it is withdrawing from federal inspections as part of its move. Marin Sun Farms, meanwhile, has submitted an application to operate as a new federal establishment at the old Rancho location.
Meanwhile, area retailers listed by the USDA as possibly being affected by the recall of nearly nine million pounds of processed beef say they haven't seen any of the meat in question, either as stand-alone cuts or in processed products. Hoover Thriftway of Burlington and Murphy Oil Food Mart in Olpe checked their shelves over the weekend, saying they didn't see any of the affected products -- either during a recall announced Feb. 8 or during another year-long recall period from January 2013 to January of this year.
Both stores are checking to see why they were on the USDA list in the first place. The USDA is not officially commenting on the list other than to say it is identifying customers to notify them of the recall.
10:40 am: Area retailers say they aren't affected
The recall of nearly nine million pounds of meat produced by a California company isn't having nearly as much of an area-wide impact as was first feared.
The recall of meat coming from Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, Calif., first went into effect Feb. 8, involving about 42,000 pounds, and was expanded with updated information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.
A list provided by the USDA said the recall impacted several store chains doing business in the area, including Hoover Thriftway of Burlington and Murphy Oil Food Mart in Olpe. Both stores checked over the weekend, with management saying they haven't had any of the recalled meat on their shelves. Both stores are checking to see why they were on the USDA list in the first place -- and management at both stores say they were not notified by the USDA.
Beef from Rancho Feeding Corporation was pulled because the company processed diseased and "unsound" animals without full inspection, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Los Angeles Times has reported the company processed meat from cows with cancer. There have been no reports of human illnesses to date.
Rancho Feeding Corporation has not commented on the recall.
Click here to see the list of affected store chains and individual stores.