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Feds: All Rancho Feeding Corp. meat is banned

Custom beef ranchers who used the now-shuttered Rancho Feeding Corp. for a slaughterhouse will not be allowed to sell any of the meat they processed at the Petaluma company's plant, the federal government told the ranchers on Wednesday.

That stymies for now the ranchers' efforts to convince the U.S. Department of Agriculture to exempt hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of their beef from the international recall of Rancho products.

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The ranchers reacted angrily.

"We're not done with them yet. They're opening up a can of worms by doing this," said Bill Niman, a Bolinas cattleman who said he has at least of $300,000 of his high-end beef tied up in the recall.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, or FSIS, also said that it would not pay the ranchers for the embargoed product.

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