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Feds post partial recall list of Rancho meats retailers

Federal regulators posted a partial list of retailers Monday that have been asked to return meat processed by Rancho Feeding Corp., the Petaluma slaughterhouse recalling 8.7 million pounds of beef products.

Staff were working Monday at the Petaluma Boulevard North facility but declined comment on the growing recall, which began Jan. 13 and expanded Saturday to include all meat processed at Rancho in 2013.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Rancho had voluntarily ceased operations, citing a statement from Scott Parks, the plant's quality control manager. Parks could not be reached comment Monday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Rancho processed "diseased and unsound animals" outside the presence of federal inspectors. The meat products are "unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food" and must be removed from commerce, according to the department's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The USDA reported it has received no reports of illness connected to the recalled meat.

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