Initiation of California meat recall
One of the major meat distributors and producers were recalled after processing cattle meat that was not meant to be slaughtered. The unhealthy cattle were circulated by the livestock inspectors who had taken lunch breaks before the distributions took place.
The employees who had been employed in the slaughterhouse were asked to perform their duties, around 79 infected cows that had been affected with skin cancer; these were after the employees schemed with the Petaluma-based Rancho feeding Corp owners. As the livestock officers went inspecting, they found that the unhealthy cattle were swapped with healthy cattle’s head so that it could not be known, this was after the government alleged.
The meat was used for the production of Jerky hamburger patties and many other products.
8.7 million pound of beef meat was one of the recalls included, In February, many recalls came into Racho operation, and they were halted,. The slaughtered meat from the slaughterhouse was later sold to some various places like Walmart.
The Unit of Agriculture in US said that the meat was produced from the diseased and unhealthy cattle by Rancho was against the federal rules inspection.
The staff at the slaughterhouse, including Eugene Corda, Felix Cabrera and also the co-owners of the slaughter house, Jesse Amaral JR and Singleton Robert were charged due to the distribution of disease and uninspected meat that was misbranded.
False invoices were sent to the farmers by Amaral which he charges was for. The farmers had were told that their cattle had died, but if was false information to the cattle owners, charging the owners some amount that he called a handling fee.
Cabrera, Amaral, and Corda were charged $250,000 in fines and 20 years in prison as the acted as the employees.
As more cases occurred, the company was accused due to the distribution of 101 of the same cases.
The circulation of the diseased cattle meat more transported to many places like:
Cases of illness to consumers of the foodstuffs produced from the meat, these products were said to be produced between the months of January 2013 to January 7th, 2014.
In Canada and in US the products were returned to the sellers by the customers, these products were distributed by more than 1600 food distributors.
Examples of products that were recalled.
- Hot pockets frozen sandwiches
- Jerky hamburger patties
These products had a mark of inspection from the United State Department of Agriculture meaning that the products were actual but were not.
A takeover took place against the slaughter house by Marin sun farms and the northern California Company that was allowed by the United State Department of Agriculture in the month of March.