Recalled beef shipped to Oregon, Washington; nearly 1,000 retailers affected nationwide
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nearly 1,000 retailers are now linked to a nationwide beef recall.
For the first time after 55 years of business, even fine meat markets like Gartner's Country Meat Market in Portland was linked to the bad meat.
Owner Rick Minor told KATU, "We purchase from the same companies all the time, local companies like Carlton farms. That's how we got tangled in with all of this. We bought a little bit of veal from Carlton."
That veal was used to make specialty sausages in October and November of last year.
"These were all sold last year and were probably gone by November. We're just going to be honest with our customers and tell people what we know and go from there and hope for the best," Minor said.
Oregon and Washington are two of the states affected by the major beef recall.
Almost 9 million pounds of beef is being recalled after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Rancho Feeding Corp. of Petaluma, Calif., processed diseased animals without being properly inspected.
"The products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce," FSIS said in a news release.
The recall has also impacted a small amount of meat in Hot Pockets.
All Fred Meyer and QFC grocery stores have pulled the Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pocket brand frozen meals from freezers.
Nestle, the makers of Hot Pockets brand sandwiches, said it reviewed its supply chain after the recall was announced and found that a small amount of meat from Rancho was used in Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese in three different pack sizes and Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese in the two pack box.
The company said no other batches, sizes, including multi-packs, or varieties of Hot Pockets were affected.
The company said the affected products were being removed from stores.
More detailed information on the affected brands of Hot Pockets can be found here.
The FSIS says so far it has not received any reports of anyone getting sick.
The FSIS issued a list of the recall products, which can be found here.
Recalled product boxes are marked "EST. 527" inside the USDA inspection mark. Each box has a case code number ending in "3" or "4."
FSIS says the recalled products were produced between Jan. 1, 2013 and Jan. 7, 2014 and shipped to distribution centers and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
The FSIS says anyone concerned about an illness should contact a doctor.
Read the full distribution list here. (pdf)
Long's Meat Market
81 E. 28th
Gartner's Country Meat Market
7450 Killingsworth St.
Brush Prairie General Store
15320 NE Caples Road
717 SW 148th Street, Suite B
4710 East Fourth Plain Blvd
16320 SE Cascade Park Dr.