Jack in the Box Says It Sourced Meat From Now-Closed Meat Company

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Jack strikes back. Photo: Jack in the Box

Earlier this week, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat published a report alleging that “the majority of carcasses” shipped from under-investigation meat processor Rancho Feeding Corporation were sold and distributed to Jack in the Box restaurants. The Petaluma-based processor was shut down in January after the USDA issued a recall that eventually grew to 9 million pounds of beef; the investigation revealed the company was slaughtering animals that were "unsound" and possibly stricken with cancer. The fast-food franchise refuted the published claim, but confirmed to CBS it used beef from one processed meat company that used Rancho Feeding Corporation, and that any meat that went through the slaughterhouse has long since cleared its food supply. "This was never a food safety issue for Jack in the Box," company spokesman Brian Luscomb tells the station. [CBS San Francisco, Related]