One of the largest recent recalls of tainted beef is under investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) after evidence emerged that a foreman at the ranch responsible for the recalled beef had been romantically involved with a government inspector.
The recall, which affects more than 9 million pounds of beef, was issued after evidence came to light suggesting that Rancho Feeding Corporation had processed cancerous cattle when government inspectors were not at the site. Federal investigators believe that Rancho purposefully purchased diseased dairy cattle in order to lower prices, hiding the evidence from investigators by trimming off diseased parts or placing fake seals of approval on the sick animals.
Criminal charges have already been decided – though not announced – against the former owners of Rancho Feeding Corporation. However, in a strange development, the USDA has also opened an investigation into an apparent romantic linkage between one of the investigators tasked with vetting the site and an employee of Rancho. Though the relationship has not yet been linked to the recall, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco continues to investigate any possible ties it may have had.
The dedicated legal team at the Law Offices of Paul Levin understands the serious impact that tainted beef and other recalled products can have on consumer health and safety. That’s why we are committed to fighting for consumer rights in these circumstances. If you have been impacted by a recalled product, contact us today at (860) 322-5302 to learn more about how we can help.