PETALUMA (KPIX 5) — A Petaluma slaughterhouse has voluntarily ceased operations amid a growing beef recall.
The recall, which began January 13, was initially restricted to meat processed on a single day, but expanded Saturday to include all 8.7 million pounds of meat processed in 2013.
Rancho Feeding Corp. owner Robert Singleton told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on Monday that the company undertook the recall out of “an abundance of caution.”
Singleton also confirmed that the company had voluntarily ceased processing, and was compiling a list of companies affected by the recall, but declined further comment.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said the facility processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection.
Meanwhile, cattle ranchers who use the facility are very worried about the future of their businesses.