California Meatpacker Hit by Huge Recall

Exactly two years from the largest meat recall in history, a California meatpacker has been ordered to recall over 4.9 million pounds of beef and veal products. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the expansion of a previous recall for Huntington Meat Packing, Inc., of Montebello, Calif., and said there is a pending criminal investigation. The original recall, announced Jan. 18, was for 864,000 pounds of meat. The Food Safety and Inspection Service said the meat products were not produced in accordance with the company’s food safety plan.

FSIS went on to say, the recall was expanded “based on evidence collected in an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) with assistance from FSIS. This evidence shows that the products subject to this recall expansion were produced in a manner that did not follow the establishment’s Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan.”

In February 2008, another California Meatpacker, Hallmark Meat Packing of Chino, Calif., was ordered to recall 143 million pounds of beef-the company’s entire production from the past two years.