February 19, 2014 5:30 pm
Updated: February 19, 2014 5:48 pm

Beef products recalled in Canada, U.S. over concerns of ‘unsound’ meat

Tillamook Country Smoker brand beef jerky products recalled

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TORONTO – Health officials in Canada issued two recalls – one for beef jerky and another for frozen beef taquitos – just as hundreds of thousands of Philly cheese steak Hot Pockets were recalled across the U.S. this week.

Based on the government recall notices, the beef all appears to be sourced from a single company called Rancho Feeding Corporation based out of California. Last week, the northern California company recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a national recall notice for two El Monterey brand products – Taquitos and Tornadoes – because they may pose a risk. The recall was initiated out of Ruiz Food Products in Dinuba, Calif.

Read the CFIA recall notice for El Monterey products here.

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The CFIA says the manufacturer used some beef out of Rancho Feeding Corporation that was recalled “because it processed diseased and unsound animals” and did so without federal inspection.

“Therefore, these products are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise unfit for human consumption,” the CFIA said.

A variety of Tillamook Country Smoker brand beef jerky products were also recalled in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. Read this recall notice here.

The beef used in the jerky in question was also recalled by Rancho Feeding Corporation.

If you have the products in your homes, they should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased, the CFIA says.

On Tuesday, Nestle USA recalled 238,000 cases of its Hot Pockets from grocery store shelves because they might include the meat in this expanding recall.

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Nestle officials told NBC that the firm used meat produced by Rancho Feeding Corp.

By Wednesday, the U.S. recall expanded, according to reports.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued this news release about the recall of “unwholesome” meat products produced without full inspection.

NBC says that the nearly nine million pounds of meat is just over a year’s worth of meat products processed by Rancho Feeding Corp. So far, there have been no reports of illnesses.

The CFIA says its conducting a food safety investigation, which could lead to the recall of more products.


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