The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because the Rancho Feeding Corporation processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection.
The growing recall began Jan. 13 and expanded Saturday to include all meat processed at Rancho in 2013.
The USDA said that without full inspection, the recalled products are unfit for human consumption.
The Associated Press reports that the meat was processed from Jan. 1, 2013 through Jan. 7, 2014 and was shipped to distribution centers and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. They include beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, cheeks, tripe, tongue and veal bones.
On Monday, the Food Safety and Inspection Service released the names of 14 stores in California that were customers. At least five of the meat markets cater primarily to Latino customers.
They all have “EST. 527” in the USDA mark of inspection and have a case code number ending in 3 or 4.
The company has voluntarily closed the facility as the recall continues and it compiles a full list of customers to whom it sold the meat.
According to the FSIS, the problems were discovered as part of an ongoing investigation.