Rancho Feeding Corp., a slaughterhouse in Petaluma, California, has suspended operations indefinitely and is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of meat that has reached 30 states. In the words of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: The meat is "unfit for human food." The facility has "processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection."
Renowned rancher Bill Niman, pictured here on his ranch with wife Nicolette and son Miles, has several hundred dollars worth of pasture-raised product tied up in the massive Rancho Feeding Corp. recall. [photo courtesy Bill Niman]
A rancher who's worked for 40 years with the mega-slaughterhouse speculates that the recall has to do with its dairy cows, and New York butchers say USDA's number is a political exaggeration.More »