Special Coverage: Rancho Feeding Recall and Prosecution

Wednesday's guilty plea by the owner of the now-defunct Petaluma slaughterhouse slams the door on the prospect of trial testimony in the tainted-meat case that could have exposed mistakes by USDA inspectors.
Jury selection is set for July 16 for Babe Amaral, 76, owner of the former Rancho Feeding plant, the subject of a massive recall earlier this year.
A worker at the former Rancho Feeding slaughterhouse in Petaluma has become the second defendant to plead guilty to distributing tainted meat.
A decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cut the number of food safety inspectors at the Rancho Feeding Corp. slaughterhouse in Petaluma is coming under new scrutiny this week.
Critics contend that U.S. Department of Agriculture staffing decisions and a shortage of inspectors have resulted in more food safety recalls because meat failed to receive a full inspection.
Prosecutors: Petaluma facility swapped cow heads to get away with processing condemned meat.
Two North Bay congressmen are calling on the USDA for answers as to why Rancho Feeding Corporation is still being investigated after 6 months.
Marin Sun Farms plans to reopen the shuttered facility on April 7.
Two North Coast representatives want to allot an additional $1 million to investigate food safety breaches.
Animal rights activists demonstrated Monday outside the former Rancho Feeding slaughterhouse in Petaluma.
Aspiration was in the air Friday at the former Rancho Feeding Corporation.
The federal government's decision is tying up hundreds of thousands of dollars in beef for North Bay ranchers.
A letter sent by the manager at the Petaluma slaughterhouse said Jack in the Box was a big customer. Other fast food chains were likely affected.
Krave Jerky is the latest food to be recalled in connection with the Petaluma plant.
Marin rancher seeks to tie together food chain that includes local ranches, butcher shops.
Federal officials say 'level of deception' by Rancho operators required massive recall.
Rancho slaughterhouse suspected of processing diseased cows without proper inspection.
List of retailers affected by Petaluma slaughterhouse recall is now at more than 6,000.
The Rancho Feeding probe is examining allegations the plant killed cows with cancer.
The federal government has erected an elaborate food inspection system to ensure that animals on the way to slaughter are treated humanely and their meat is safe to eat.