PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials have launched a criminal investigation of a Northern California slaughterhouse that recently recalled nearly nine million pounds of beef, a congressman said Tuesday.
U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman told a local newspaper that he learned about the investigation of Rancho Feeding Corp. during a telephone call with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Congressman Mike Thompson.
Huffman said investigators could not provide details, but he was told the suspected misconduct was grave.
The Rancho beef recall began on Jan. 13 and was expanded in February. The USDA has said Rancho processed diseased and unhealthy animals and circumvented federal inspection rules.
Robert Singleton, a partner in Rancho, has denied the allegations. He told the Press Democrat he was unaware of a criminal investigation
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