BEEF, CANCER, AND PRIONS OH MY, PLEASE, NOT FOR DINNER

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BEEF, CANCER, AND PRIONS OH MY, PLEASE, NOT FOR DINNER

Postby flounder » Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:45 pm

BEEF, CANCER, PRIONS, AND OTHER DANGEROUS AND DEADLY PATHOGENS, APPARENTLY, IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER


Slaughterhouse accused of selling meat from cows with cancer

Stacy Finz and Carolyn Lochhead Updated 10:45 am, Wednesday, February 26, 2014

View: Larger | Hide . In this January 13, 2014 photo, cows wait to be butchered at Rancho Veal Slaughterhouse in Petaluma, Calif. Rancho Feeding Corp. has voluntarily halted operations, as it tries to track down all of its beef shipments over the past year, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Conner Jay) Photo: Conner Jay, Associated Press In this January 13, 2014 photo, cows wait to be butchered at Rancho Veal Slaughterhouse in Petaluma, Calif. Rancho Feeding Corp. has voluntarily halted operations, as it tries to track down all of its beef shipments over the past year, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Conner Jay) Photo: Conner Jay, Associated Press

Cattle graze at Rancho Feeding Corporation in Petaluma, California February 10, 2014. The slaughterhouse is recalling 8.7 million lbs of beef parts because it used "diseased and unsound animals" and lacked proper federal inspections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS FOOD BUSINESS) Photo: Beck Diefenbach, Reuters

Trucks belonging to Rancho Feeding Corporation stay idle in Petaluma, California, February 10, 2014. The slaughterhouse is recalling 8.7 million lbs of beef parts because it used "diseased and unsound animals" and lacked proper federal inspections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS FOOD BUSINESS) Photo: Beck Diefenbach, Reuters

Statues of cattle sit atop a building at Rancho Feeding Corporation in Petaluma, California, February 10, 2014. The slaughterhouse is recalling 8.7 million lbs of beef parts because it used "diseased and unsound animals" and lacked proper federal inspections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS FOOD BUSINESS) Photo: Beck Diefenbach, Reuters

Cattle graze at Rancho Feeding Corporation in Petaluma. The slaughterhouse is recalling 8.7 million lbs of beef parts because it used "diseased and unsound animals" and lacked proper federal inspections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Photo: Beck Diefenbach, Reuters

Marin Sun Farms buying tainted Petaluma slaughterhouse Petaluma meat processor recalling 8.7 million pounds

(02-26) 10:44 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- Rancho Feeding Corp., the Petaluma slaughterhouse that recently recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef, is under criminal investigation by the federal government for killing and selling meat from dairy cows with cancer, according to sources who would speak only on the condition of anonymity.

Rancho was allegedly buying up cows with eye cancer, chopping off their heads so inspectors couldn't detect the disease and illegally selling the meat, the sources said.

Although it's against federal law, experts say eating the meat isn't likely to make people sick. So far, no one has reported becoming ill from eating the meat.

The huge recall and criminal investigation hasn't just affected Rancho. Private cattle producers, who used the facility for custom slaughtering, have also been swept up, leaving the shelves with a dearth of local, natural and high-end beef.

Bill Niman, arguably one of the more respected cattlemen in the gourmet meat business and the former owner of Niman Ranch company, said he used Rancho to slaughter 427 head of cattle and is complying with the recall. He said it's causing him to hold back about 100,000 pounds of beef from the market and that he stands to lose as much as $400,000. He said his beef has nothing to do with the alleged tainted meat.

Voluntarily shut down

But, in an abundance of caution, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to make sure none of the cancerous meat commingled with healthful beef.

Rancho officials could not be reached for comment; the plant has voluntarily shut down and is in escrow with new buyers.

Both Reps. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, and Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, met with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week to discuss the criminal investigation, but they weren't given details.

"I'm disappointed we did not come away with any better sense of what happened," Huffman said. "However, a couple of good things did happen."

One of them, he said, was the secretary's commitment to have his team meet with local beef producers to share whatever information they can share. The other was a promise to talk to beef producers who did segregate their beef and can demonstrate that it could not have commingled with improperly processed meat.

That would give the producers a chance to "perhaps get some relief from the recall," Huffman said.

USDA officials said they could not discuss the case as long as Rancho is under criminal investigation. But at least one source said Rancho bought animals with a specific type of cancer found in the optical area of a cow. By eliminating the animal's head, the rest of the carcass appeared healthy.

'Carcass looked good'

"Rancho, we're told, was slaughtering them, somehow after hours or in other ways where the inspector didn't know about it," the source said. "Because the carcass looked good, (Rancho) mixed it back in with other beef that it sold under its label."

James Cullor, professor of population health and reproduction at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, said cows suffering from eye cancer aren't necessarily dangerous to eat, but he doesn't recommend it. It would be possible that the cancer had spread to other parts of the animal's body, Cullor said.

"If I'm out on top of Mount Everest and have a cow (with eye cancer) and I'm hungry, I'm going to cook her well and deal with getting down the mountain," he said. "But if I'm here in this country, I will choose to not consume the animal. I wouldn't feed the animal to my grandchildren."

Niman, who now owns BN Ranch, said he showed the USDA how commingling would have been impossible. In a letter to the agency's local Food Safety and Inspection Service, he has described his cattle's chain of custody from slaughter to delivery, all under USDA inspection, in painstaking detail.

Mixing up his grass-fed beef with Rancho's milk cow meat would have been impossible to miss because the differences between the carcasses are too obvious, he said.

"It's the difference between a motorcycle and a car," he said, adding that the recall is having a profound effect on his business.

Last year was his biggest yield since he started his grass-fed beef business. "We felt like we were just dialing in," he said. Now, because of the recall, he is experiencing a setback.

Nationwide effect

The recall started Feb. 8 and affected food processors nationwide, including Nestle's Hot Pockets food line. This latest recall was Rancho's second in 2014. In January, the company recalled more than 40,000 pounds of meat products that the USDA said the plant processed without the full benefit of federal inspection.

It was at that time that investigators began getting an inkling of an alleged breach in protocol when they found two cattle heads infected with cancer.

Stacy Finz and Carolyn Lochhead are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. E-mail: sfinz@sfchronicle.com, clochhead@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @sfinz, @carolynlochhead

http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Sl ... 267836.php

please remember, for 4 years, dead stock downer cows, the most high risk for BSE mad cow disease, and other dangerous and deadly pathogens, went to the NSLP via the USDA et al, and fed out to our children from state to state, county to county, school to school, all across our Nation, under the cover of at the time one of the largest beef recalls in USA history, under the cover of a recall related to 'animal abuse'. what about child abuse, and who will watch our children for the next 50 YEARS FOR CJD TYPE TSE PRION DISEASE ???


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Westland/Hallmark: 2008 Beef Recall A Case Study by The Food Industry Center January 2010 THE FLIM-FLAM REPORT

http://downercattle.blogspot.com/2013/0 ... -case.html

There Are Too Few Eyes Looking At Too Many Animals Going to Slaughter

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-111hh ... g65127.pdf


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

BEEF, CANCER, PRIONS, AND OTHER DANGEROUS AND DEADLY PATHOGENS, APPARENTLY, IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER

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sad and still disgusted...tss
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Re: BEEF, CANCER, AND PRIONS OH MY, PLEASE, NOT FOR DINNER

Postby cross_7 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:01 pm

They say death comes like a thief in the night, where is he? I'll hug his neck.

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Re: BEEF, CANCER, AND PRIONS OH MY, PLEASE, NOT FOR DINNER

Postby Hook » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:04 pm

And yet you will still eat a burger or steak yourself flounder. Hypocrite
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Re: BEEF, CANCER, AND PRIONS OH MY, PLEASE, NOT FOR DINNER

Postby M5farm » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:13 pm

I think this is cooked perfect
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Re: BEEF, CANCER, AND PRIONS OH MY, PLEASE, NOT FOR DINNER

Postby hopalong » Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:15 pm

Can I have seconds please :lol:
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