I was always wondering what that stink was down that way. Montebello is just a few miles from where I work. Every so often, you catch a hint of foulness down there. JD
No illnesses have been linked to the meat, produced as early as January 2009, but USDA said the expanded recall was in connection with a criminal investigation.
Huntington Meat Packing Inc. of Montebello, California, initially recalled 864,000 lbs of beef on January 18 due to suspected E.coli contamination. The recall was expanded because the beef and veal were not produced in accordance with the company’s food safety plan, USDA said.
“The products are adulterated because the company made the products under unsanitary conditions failing to take the steps it had determined were necessary to produce safe products,” the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a statement.
Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 17967″ inside the USDA mark of inspection on a label and were produced between January 22, 2009, and January 4, 2010. They were shipped to distribution centers, restaurants, and hotels within the state of California.
The recall was expanded based on evidence collected in an ongoing criminal investigation by the Office of the Inspector General with assistance from FSIS, USDA said.
The investigation uncovered evidence to show that the food safety records of the company cannot be relied upon to document compliance with the requirements, USDA said.