Recalled beef did not go to Bethel store

by Ben Matheson on March 10, 2014

The California beef products recalled last month did not make it to store shelves in Bethel. Omni Enterprises, the parent company of Swanson’s says that their stores do not carry the affected beef byproducts. They do carry two ready-made burritos and sandwiches, but they did not have any recalled products in their inventory when the recall went through last month.

The USDA has listed several grocery stores in Alaska, including Omni Enterprises, as being on the distribution list for 8.7 million pounds of beef from Rancho Feeding Corporation. They have received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. The agency writes that the meat is unfit for human food and must be removed from shelves.The USDA says the company processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without federal inspection.

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A California Company is recalling beef that may have been distributed across Alaska, including Swanson’s in Bethel. The recall is for 8.7 million pounds of beef from Rancho Feeding Corporation. The USDA says the company processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without federal inspection. The Sonoma Press Democrat reports that a USDA investigation found cows likely had eye cancer at the time they were slaughtered.
The USDA has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. The USDA says the meat is unfit for human food and must be removed from shelves.

KYUK reached to Swanson’s locally and its parent company Omni, but did not hear back Friday afternoon. A link to the list of products is here.

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