December 4, 2016

G & M Bulk Beef Cuts and Trimmings Recalled for E. coli

G & M Co. of Newark, NJ is recalling approximately 3,586 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Retailers in NJ and NY who received these products should not use or sell them as E. coli can cause serious illness and death. The bulk beef cuts and trimmings items were produced on June 8, 9, and 10, 2016. And packed in box sizes ranging from 30-195 lb. containing plastic wrapped bulk beef cuts and trimmings marked only with plant identifier “M5476.” At the time of the recall there had been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. However, E. coli O157:H7 can cause serious illness and death. Symptoms usually develop within one to three days of exposure and last about a week. They include dehydration, diarrhea … [Read more...]

Archie’s Beef Products Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Khubba Al Nahrain, Inc. of  Skokie, Ill. is recalling approximately 665 pounds of Archie's brand beef products for misbranding and undeclared allergens wheat, soy and milk.  Consumers with allergies to these ingredients should not eat these products as they risk serious or life-threatening reaction if they do. The recalled beef items,  produced on various dates from September 11, 2014 to April 29, 2015, have the establishment number “EST. 45103M” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail locations in Illinois and Michigan. The recalled products are as follows: -10-lb. packages containing 10 pieces of “ARCHIE’S POTATO CHOPS” with lot numbers “11915, 10615, 07515, 36014, 33514, 28314 or 25314” 10-lb. packages containing 10 pieces of “ARCHIE’S KUBBA HALAB” … [Read more...]

In Chicago, El Cubano Recalls 170,000 LBS of Beef Cheeks for E. coli

El Cubano Wholesale Meats in is recalling 170,000 pounds of beef cheeks for E.coli, the Associated Press has reported. The recalled products are labeled"Iowa Best Beef" and "For Cooking Only" and have "EST. 4653a" inside the inspection mark. The meat, which was distributed to stores and restaurants, should not be eaten. Food contaminated with E. coli O157 may not look or smell spoiled. Symptoms of an E.coli infection include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and watery or bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, complications can include seizure, stroke, coma, and  kidney failure.   … [Read more...]

Listeria Prompts Recall of Kenosha Black Angus Ground Beefsteak

Kenosha Beef International of Columbus, Ohio is recalling approximately 21,427 pounds of ready-to-eat beefsteak patties for possible Listeria contamination. This product was not sold at retail stores, customers who received this product should not eat it. The recalled product, Fully Cooked Black Angus Ground Beefsteak, was produced on Jan. 24, 2015 and shipped to distributors in Illinois and North Carolina for further distribution to restaurants. The recalled product was sold in 35.3-lb. boxes with product number 87657 and “use thru” date of 01/24/16.  The establishment number “EST. 10130” is inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered by a customer of Kenosha Beef International that tested the product. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, … [Read more...]

Will USDA’s New E. coli Rule Lead to More Beef Recalls?

For the last few weeks, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been using a new procedure to more quickly trace the source of ground beef that tests positive for E. coli. The change is meant to remove contaminated products from the market faster and prevent incidents of contamination from occurring. “A critical component of preventing foodborne illness is quickly identifying sources of contamination and removing unsafe products from store shelves,” said Brian Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. “The expedited traceback procedures being announced today will allow FSIS to take action more quickly, which will make a significant difference in food safety investigations and in preventing foodborne illnesses.” FSIS is now conducting immediate investigations … [Read more...]

Bubier Meats of Maine Recalls Beef for BSE Risk

Bubier Meats of Greene, Maine is recalling 25,192 pounds of beef for possible bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk.  BSE is also known as mad cow disease. No illnessees have been reported in association with this recall. The problem was discovered by states health officials during a routine records review of slaughter logs.  They describe the problem as a low risk. The recalled meats were sold from November 2013  to August 2014 at Rosemont Markets in Portland and Yarmouth, and Maine Meat in Kittery.  The recalled products were processed into smaller cuts at these locations and sold without identification on consumer packaging.   … [Read more...]

House Amendment Authorizes $1 Million for Food Safety

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment last week that would authorize $1 million for food safety investigations. The amendment was sponsored by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) was spurred by the huge Rancho Feeding Corporation recall of uninspected beef. That recall in the spring of 2014 covered more than 8 million pounds of beef: all of the meat it processed in 2013. The uninspected meat was sold in 35 states and in Guam. Thompson said in a statement, "with the Rancho recall, I witnessed firsthand the need for USDA's inspectors to have more resources so they can conduct better and more efficient investigations. From the beginning of the Rancho recall, public safety has been our number one concern. We can't let food get out that puts the health and … [Read more...]

Rancho Feeding Beef May Have Been Sold at Jack in the Box

According to a letter in the Press Democrat, the beef produced at Rancho Feeding Corporation that was recalled for adulteration may have been sold to Jack in the Box fast food restaurants and others and ended up in hamburgers. The meat-grinding company that supplied the food chains recalled the product. Officials believe that the beef has been consumed. The beef, which was originally recalled in February 2014, was considered adulterated because the government said the facility processed "diseased and unsound animals" without the benefit of federal inspection. Rancho Feeding Corporation has said the USDA report is unfounded, and has not commented on this recent report. The retail list for the recall lists almost 6,000 stores in 35 states. No restaurants are on that list, which … [Read more...]

USDA FSIS Explains Rancho Recall, Kind Of

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has decided it won't be adding more names to the 210 page list of retailers involved in the Rancho Feeding Corp beef recall. And it's issued an explanation of the recall, kind of. In an announcement today, the agency said  it has completed all recall checks and determined that the recall has been effective and that no more additions will be made to the retail distribution list. However, because of high interest in the recall, for the time being, the recall information will remain in the "active" section of the agency's recall website rather than being moved to the archived section. The recall included all meat processed at Rancho, the only slaughterhouse in the Bay Area, during 2013. FSIS said some … [Read more...]

Rancho Feeding Corporation Beef Sold in 35 States and Guam

The USDA released another retail distribution list for the Rancho Feeding Corporation beef that was recalled because it was considered adulterated. Now 35 states and Guam are on the list, which is 220 pages long. The list of recalled products is at the USDA web site. The stores and chains that may have carried the beef with nationwide, state-wide, or area-wide distribution include 7-Eleven, Albertson's, Big Saver Foods, BP, Buy for Less, Chevron, Circle K, Citgo, Conoco, Country Mart, Country Market, Cub Foods, El Rancho, Exxon, Family Dollar, Fiesta Mart, Festival Foods, Food 4 Less, Food Giant, Food Rite, Food Source, Fred Meyer, Fresh Market, HEB, IGA, K-Mart, Kwik Trip, Lowe's, Market Place, Mobil, Pavilions, Piggly Wiggly, Price Chopper, Publix, Ralphs, Rite Aide, Safeway, … [Read more...]

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