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Beef recall reaches 35 states; more than 40 ETX stores may be affected

Beef recall reaches 35 states; more than 40 ETX stores may be affected

POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 4:15pm

UPDATED: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 3:02pm

Tainted beef recalled earlier this year from a California meat producer may have reached reached 35 states and Guam -- not just six states as previously believed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday. One of those states heavily affected is Texas. More than 900 Texas stores sold bad beef.

Thousands of retailers have been added to a list of companies that received beef products from the company, Rancho Feeding Corp., the USDA said.

The recall began in January with about 40,000 pounds and was expanded in February to 8.7 million pounds. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said the Petaluma, California-based company recalled the meat because it 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.

As of February 14, USDA had not received any reports of illness because of Rancho meat. 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. 

USDA list of possible grocers affected by tainted meat:


  1. 7-11
  2. Albertson's
  3. Brookshire Brothers
  4. Brookshire Food Store 
  5. David's Supermarket 
  6. Family Dollar 
  7. Fiesta Mart 
  8. Foodtown 
  9. HEB 
  10. Kent Kwik 
  11. Kroger 
  12. Lowe's
  13. Thriftway
  14. United Supermarket 
  15. Walgreens 
  16. Wes-T-Go
  17. Winco

East Texas Stores

  1. Two Rivers Grocery & Market - Big Sandy 
  2. Payne's Supermarket  - Caddo Mills
  3. Graves Truck Stop Inc - Carthage
  4. E-Z Mart Store - Center
  5. Food Basket - Clarksville
  6. Rehkopf's - Clarksville
  7. Super 1 Foods - Corsicana
  8. Rehkopf's  - De Kalb
  9. Rehkopf's - Diana 
  10. Elkhart Food - Elkhart
  11. Food Mart - Emory
  12. Food Store Alon - Euless
  13. One Stop & Go - Euless
  14. Quick Foods - Euless
  15. Shell Food & Deli - Euless
  16. Sav-Mor Foods - Frankston
  17. Super C South  - Henderson
  18. Food Center - Henderson
  19. Kwik Chek 1 - Honey Grove
  20. Cash Shaver - Hooks
  21. Cash Saver - Hughes Springs
  22. Foodland - Kilgore
  23. Crump Food - Linden
  24. E-Z Mart Store - Linden
  25. Super 1 Foods - Longview (4 locations)
  26. Super 1 Foods - Marshall
  27. East Texas Fuel - Marshall
  28. Food Town - Marshall
  29. Super 1 Foods - Mt. Pleasant
  30. Newsom Food Store - Ore City
  31. The Picket - Palestine
  32. Cash Saver - Queen City
  33. E-Z Mart Store - Sulphur Springs
  34. Family Mart - Sulphur Springs 
  35. Super Handy - Sulphur Springs 
  36. Cash Saver - Sulphur Springs 
  37. Tiger Stop - Tenaha
  38. Super 1 Foods - Texarkana
  39. Target - Texarkana
  40. Cash Saver -Texarkana
  41. Drug Emporium - Tyler
  42. Fresh By Brookshire's - Tyler
  43. Super 1 Foods - Tyler (3 locations)
  44. IGA - Van Alstyne
  45. Halls Super Store - Waskom

See the entire list in the attached document below.

Retail List.pdf1.46 MB

Comments News Comments

Worked for a Food & Drug atty in Chicago -- by the time a recall is made (a very timely process) most if not ALL the lot numbers involved are already off the shelves and 9x out of 10x, consumed. I saw the pink and blue sheets FDA sent out many time months before a recall (different levels of warnings). My husband got to the point he "hated" grocery shopping with me. He'd put his hand on a produce and I would say ahhhh ahhhh they're looking at a possible recall. Was good & bad for us.

I believe it was the HOT POCKETS that put so many stores on the list, not the meat in the meat dept. Many stores buy their meat locally, but Hot Pockets come from Nestle which got the tainted meat.

This is RIDICULOUS. The recall is too little too late. Meat that was sold between Jan of 2013 and Jan 2014 has probably been consumed. What infuriates me is that the store where I purchase meat claims that all beef they sell is from TX. I guess this proves that their ads are full of lies. Meat should have to be labeled with WHERE and WHEN the animal was slaughtered.

rhon, I agree with you 100%, I like the label idea a lot. Go get 'em.

Almost 9M lbs is no accident by Ranchero & was known by top management.
Lots of $$ was planned to be made until they got caught.
This is emblematic of corporate GREED.
They don't care if people get sick or die- just huge PROFITS count.
Fines & penalties are just a "cost of doing business."
It won't stop until CEOs & Presidents have to trade in their fancy corner offices w/perks for a long term prison cell with nothing.
White collar crime, corporate welfare, tax loopholes, GREED needs to stop!

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