PESCADERO -- LeftCoast GrassFed, a sustainable beef operation owned by billionaire Tom Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, announced Thursday it was recalling all the beef it produced in 2013 in connection with a U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation into a Petaluma slaughterhouse.

In a note to its customers, LeftCoast said many of its cattle are slaughtered at Rancho Feeding Corp., which ceased operations in January and recalled 8.7 million pounds of meat processed there between Jan. 1, 2013, and Jan. 7, 2014. The grass-fed cattle operation, based at TomKat Ranch, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Department of Agriculture has released few details of its investigation into Rancho, which some North Bay ranchers have criticized as overly harsh. The agency claims the facility processed "diseased and unsound animals ... without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection."

There have been no illnesses reported from beef processed at Rancho, according to the Department of Agriculture. LeftCoast said that, while there is no evidence its beef has been compromised, it issued the recall out of an abundance of caution.

LeftCoast cattle were processed at Rancho on "a handful of days in the summer and fall of 2013," the organization said.


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"We are sorry for this inconvenience," the note said in part, "and saddened by the waste of millions of pounds of meat, some of which, like ours, was raised with meticulous care and attention to the health and well-being of the animals that produced it."

LeftCoast said it would provide all customers with a full refund. For more information, email info@leftcoastgrassfed.com.

Contact Aaron Kinney at 650-348-4357. Follow him at Twitter.com/kinneytimes.